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Protected: Assessing Transport Investments Through an Access Lens in İzmir, Turkey

Wed, 2019-07-10 22:56
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PODCAST: How Chennai’s Water Got to Day Zero

Wed, 2019-07-03 20:42
One of South India’s biggest cities is almost out of water. A year after Cape Town, South Africa, had its own “Day Zero” crisis, the reservoirs in Chennai are nearly dry, leaving millions in this usually-wet coastal city wondering if they ...

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Eskişehir, Turkey, Leads on Energy-Efficient Buildings

Fri, 2019-06-28 22:57
A city without buildings is simply not a city. And yet when it comes to climate action, buildings tend to take a back seat to transport, energy production and industry. Making buildings more energy-efficient is the cheapest way to reduce ...

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How Does a Flood-prone City Run Out of Water? Inside Chennai’s “Day Zero” Crisis

Tue, 2019-06-25 21:10
Chennai, India faced a devastating flood in 2015 that killed hundreds of people and displaced many more. Today, the southern Indian city’s four main reservoirs are virtually dry. This crisis is not only due to lack of water. Lack of proper management ...

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Besides Buying Renewables, How Can Companies and Cities Create a Greener Grid?

Fri, 2019-06-21 13:13
Corporations have driven much of the recent U.S. investment in renewable energy, collectively procuring more than 16 gigawatts of new capacity since 2014, enough to power roughly 5 million homes for a year. Commercial and industrial energy users represent more than 60% of U.S. ...

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Local Communities Aren’t Just Climate Victims. They’re Climate Adaptation Leaders

Thu, 2019-06-20 13:13
“Poor and vulnerable” is a common refrain in climate change stories. It’s a phrase used with good reason, to highlight how climate change disproportionately affects the disenfranchised. Economically, politically and socially vulnerable communities feel climate impacts first and hardest. They have fewer ...

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Seoul, Guangzhou and New York City Top List of Cities With Largest Carbon Footprints. How Does Your City Rank?

Wed, 2019-06-19 13:13
The largest and highest-consuming cities in the world have carbon footprints equal to those of small countries. This is the finding of a study surveying the carbon footprint of cities worldwide. Half the world’s population lives in cities, but just 100 cities ...

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Vida Segura: How São Paulo Plans to Cut Traffic Fatalities by Half in 10 Years

Wed, 2019-06-19 00:09
With a population of 12.2 million – eighth largest in the world – São Paulo faces a daunting task in making its streets safe for all. But in April 2019, the city pledged to do just that, becoming the first ...

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Delhi Announces Plan to Make All Public Transport Free for Women. Will It Work?

Fri, 2019-06-14 13:13
On June 10, Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, announced a new proposal to make public transport free for women. Once cleared, the move – which will cost approximately ₹700 crore ($100 million) to the Delhi government – will make ...

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Honduras Joins the Global Movement to Make Public Space Work Better for People

Wed, 2019-06-12 13:13
Cities around the world are embracing the movement to make their streets work better for people, not just cars. From Bogotá’s Ciclovía, to Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva, India’s Raahgiri Days, and Ethiopia’s Menged Le Sewe, many cities have adopted some version ...

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For a 1.5 C World, Cities Must Go Carbon Neutral. They Can’t Do It Alone.

Mon, 2019-06-10 21:08
Around the world, grassroots movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future are sounding the alarm about the climate crisis, and government representatives are responding to the call: national parliaments and cities have declared climate emergencies, the Green New Deal is gathering support in ...

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From Jobs to Education, Inequality in Mexico City Is About Access

Fri, 2019-06-07 12:30
In Mexico City, someone living in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods has 28 times better access to jobs in a 30-minute trip by public transit and walking than someone living in the poorest areas. Twenty-eight times. And this says nothing ...

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5 Under-Recognized Impacts of Air Pollution

Wed, 2019-06-05 17:05
Most of the rising global attention to air pollution focuses on the impacts that ozone, particulate matter and other pollutants have on human health. This is natural; the numbers in the headlines are striking. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that ...

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In African Cities, Mapping Paratransit Makes for Smarter Mobility

Mon, 2019-05-27 13:13
Hand-drawn in black marker and spanning an entire wall of Addis Ababa’s Anbessa company headquarters is a map depicting stops, timetables and fares for the city’s 73-year-old public bus system. Peeling icons and stickers tell a history of corrections and ...

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People Move to Cities for Better Jobs and Opportunities. Impossible Commutes Are Getting in the Way

Thu, 2019-05-23 18:40
Emmanuel leaves his home at 5 a.m. every morning with his two daughters. They take a mini-bus, or “tro-tro,” from their house in Awoshie, a residential neighborhood of Accra, Ghana, to the central business district where Emmanuel works. The trip ...

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Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense

Wed, 2019-05-22 13:13
Street lighting is important. It allows informal vendors and traders to operate for longer hours and improves road and public safety. It also makes streets feel safer and more secure, especially for women. But street lighting is sorely lacking in many of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...

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Creating a Robust Electric Mobility Ecosystem in India: 6 Takeaways from Connect Karo 2019

Tue, 2019-05-21 13:13
At Connect Karo 2019, WRI India’s seventh annual conference on sustainable urban development in India, experts across sectors agreed on one big thing: the future of mobility is electric. This marks a rapid evolution of opinion since last year’s Connect ...

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It Now Costs You £24 to Enter Central London in an Old Car

Mon, 2019-05-20 13:13
In 2003, London followed the example of Singapore and launched a congestion charge, requiring drivers to pay £11.50 ($15.90) to enter the city center and becoming a global example of how this innovative but sometimes fraught policy can work. Sixteen ...

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PODCAST: Transportation Is the Heart of Cities

Thu, 2019-05-16 13:13
When you think about how to build more resilient cities, does transportation come to mind? Whether we realize it or not, mobility – the choices we make to get where we need to go – is top of mind every ...

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5 Things We Learned About Urban Transformation

Wed, 2019-05-15 21:31
Positive change happens in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living, traffic jams and inequality. When we launched the WRI Ross Prize for Cities in February 2018, we aimed ...

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