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Million Cool Roofs Challenge Covers the Global ‘Cooling Crunch’ From Another Angle

Thu, 2019-03-21 13:13
Cities in the global south today face a complex challenge: like all cities, they need to reduce carbon emissions, but they also need to expand access to energy. Around the world, 1.1 billion people currently lack access to electric cooling ...

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Urban Transformations: In Medellín, Metrocable Connects People in More Ways Than One

Wed, 2019-03-20 20:51
 Metrocable is a finalist for the WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Medellín, Colombia, used to be the murder capital of the world. With the explosion of the global drug trade in the 1980s, crime burgeoned, plunging the city into ...

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PODCAST: The Political Economy of Air Quality with Jessica Seddon

Mon, 2019-03-18 13:13
Did you know that air quality is a major contributor to global warming? Or that poor air quality can reduce sunlight, disrupting rainfall patterns, depressing crop yields and diminishing solar energy output? Did you know air pollution is the biggest ...

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Bike Sharing Is Now a Viable Commuting Choice in São Paulo and Porto Alegre

Fri, 2019-03-15 13:13
New mobility is changing the way we move around cities. It’s also shifting our perception of how we do so. While bicycles may seem more aligned with “old” rather than “new” mobility, bike-sharing systems are transforming the way we see ...

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Social Design Offers a More Collaborative Vision of Urban Development

Wed, 2019-03-13 13:13
When we think of design in cities, it’s typically physical environments and infrastructure that come to mind: glass, steel and stone, skylines and main streets, museums, traffic jams, playgrounds and construction sites. But the designs that determine the health and ...

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How Beijing Is Redefining Public Space with the Temple of Heaven

Mon, 2019-03-11 13:13
If you visit the Temple of Heaven in the heart of Beijing, you’ll discover a vast network of palaces, pavilions, altars, stages and walking paths scattered over 600 acres of parkland. Recognized as a World Heritage Site for its exceptional ...

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Transport Needs More Women Voices. Here’s Why.

Fri, 2019-03-08 20:57
Nearly 60 percent of women in Britain feel unsafe walking alone in their cities. Seventy percent of women who use public transport in Mexico City have experienced gender-based violence. In too many cases, using public transport in cities is an ...

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Opinions Split on Beijing’s Congestion Charge, But Many Support Its Intended Goals

Thu, 2019-03-07 20:00
Beijing is one of most congested cities in the world, with over 6 million cars on its roads. In 2017, drivers spent on average just under three hours in traffic each weekday. Data from the navigation app AutoNavi shows Beijing ...

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Redesigning One of Mumbai’s Most Dangerous Intersections in 3 Simple Steps

Mon, 2019-03-04 20:44
While India accounts for only 2 percent of global motor vehicles, it contributes to over 12 percent of global road traffic deaths. Around 150,000 people lose their lives on India’s roads every year, making them some of the most dangerous ...

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Celebrating 18 Years of TransMilenio: Growing Pains and What Lies Ahead for Bogotá’s BRT

Thu, 2019-02-28 20:02
Eighteen years ago, I was deputy general manager of TransMilenio S.A., the city agency running Bogotá’s brand new bus rapid transit (BRT) system. It was amazing to be there at the start of operations for this system knowing that it ...

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4 Creative Ways Cities Are Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future

Tue, 2019-02-26 20:30
Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a ...

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We Need a New Gold Standard for Urban Sanitation: Brian Arbogast

Tue, 2019-02-19 14:13
More than half the global population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services – 4.5 billion people. Every year, more than 340,000 children under the age of five die as a result of this problem. And we’re not solving it ...

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Electrification Is Important, But Sharing Is Crucial

Fri, 2019-02-15 14:13
Kfw Development Bank’s Friederike Bauer sat down with WRI Ross Center Global Director Ani Dasgupta to explore the mobility revolution. Their interview, originally published by Kfw, is cross-posted below: Friederike Bauer: You use the term “mobility revolution” when you talk about ...

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Electrification Doesn’t Make Sense in Every City – Yet

Wed, 2019-02-13 19:35
Electrification is a key step to creating low-carbon cities. Replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces with electric alternatives reduces emissions and creates a host of other benefits. But not all cities are equally suitable for electrification. In some cases, electrification is ...

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Informal Workers Are Vital to Cities, “Legitimate Actors,” Says Martha Chen

Mon, 2019-02-11 21:52
Illegal. Criminal. A drag on the economy. These are just a few of the derisive labels that beleaguer urban informal workers, says Martha Chen, co-founder of and senior advisor to Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. Informal workers – ...

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5 Challenges and Solutions to Building Bike-Friendly Cities in Turkey

Wed, 2019-02-06 14:13
The diverse economic, social and physical benefits of bicycling are no secret, yet many cities are hesitant to better accommodate growing numbers of bicycles on their streets. In October, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities organized a workshop with representatives from 16 ...

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Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities

Mon, 2019-02-04 20:30
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. ...

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What It Will Take for Startups to Spearhead Innovation to Transform Urban India

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:13
TheCityFix Labs India, supported by Citi Foundation, drives market transition toward sustainable investments through knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and technical assistance. Of 100 applications, the Labs recently selected a cohort of 10 projects to mentor and bring to fruition.   Set to ...

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Too Many Cities Are Growing Out Rather Than Up. 3 Reasons That’s a Problem

Thu, 2019-01-31 10:49
Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: ...

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Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands

Thu, 2019-01-24 14:13
Urban flooding is a major and growing concern. Japan experienced floods and mudslides that killed more than 120 people last year. The Indian state of Kerala witnessed a 100-year flood that swamped several metropolitan areas. And a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on ...

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