Recent Posts by Benoit
As cities grow and the demand for urban transport increases, cities must invest in low-carbon transport to decrease emissions and combat congestion. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI
It’s Time for Low-Carbon Mobility
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. As people ...
To avoid carbon lock-in, cities should focus on mobility, energy efficiency measures and congestion. (Photo: js42/ Flickr)
How Can Cities Avoid Carbon Lock-in?
Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is still an unsustainable path and carbon emissions are already expected to surpass thresholds considered acceptable. One of the largest problems is ...
Cities and national governments should collaborate to create policies that best fulfill  urban needs. (Photo: Benoit Colin/ EMBARQ)
A Sharing Economy for Governance: 3 Ingredients for Sustainable Cities
The future of global development will overwhelmingly play out on the city stage. Recognizing this, the global development agenda has begun to identify cities as engines for improving human well-being, addressing climate change, and transitioning to more sustainable growth. Indeed, ...
To make electric vehicles a more viable option for drivers and encourage more research, Brazil is working to pass legislation to support electric vehicle production.(Photo: Bruno Takahashi Carvalhas de Oliveira/WikiMedia)
Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles
Anfavea, Brazil’s auto industry trade group, has predicted that personal car sales will increase 68 percent, from 3.4 million units in 2011 to 5.7 million by 2016. One of the barriers Brazil has faced when attempting to transition to cleaner ...
French President Hollande, center and the Youth Roundtable on Day 1 of the World Summit for Cities & Territories, Lyon, July 1-2, 2015. Photo Credit: Frank Trabouillet / Région Rhone Alpes
Be a Hummingbird: It’s Time for Concerted Local Action on Climate Change
The World Summit Climate & Territories (#WSCT) gathered 800 local decision makers in Lyon, France, July 1-2, 2015. In the lead up to COP21 (the 21st Conference of the Parties)—one of the most important climate meetings of the year—mayors and ...
Excess capacity will be our society's next gold rush. Photo by Chiu Ho-yang/Flickr.
The Next Gold Rush, Excess Capacity, and the Advent of a “Peers Inc” World
From the breakdown of conventional ways of creating and sharing wealth to rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, linear models of development are no longer providing an answer to the pressing challenges that the world is facing. At least, ...
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