Why Cities Should Invest in Beekeeping
Many cities, like Washington D.C., are picking up beekeeping to both combat declining bee populations and help boost local agriculture and business. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung)
Cities looking for sustainable economic growth might consider investing in a seemingly unlikely source: urban beekeeping. Contrary to what one might expect, urban bees survive better, produce more honey, and are healthier than rural bees. Furthermore, urban bees have a ...
Friday Fun: How Drones Are Mapping Cities and Improving Road Safety
As drones become cheaper and more technologically advanced, some cities, like Jakarta, are using drones to improve road and traffic safety in congested areas. (Photo: basibanget / Flickr)
A few days ago (July 28-30), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) met in California to discuss the future of personal and commercial drone use. NASA’s eagerness to deliberate on drones comes as a response to rising drone use ...
How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change
With the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases are promising to double down on their efforts to reduce emissions. (Photo: Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil | EMBARQ Brasil)
Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from ...
Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform
It’s difficult for residents and business owners to know how their homes perform compared to similar homes, let alone have access to information detailing how location, such as a waterfront, affects energy efficiency. (Photo: Mr Thinktank / Flickr)
Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day: 8 hours of work activities 30 ...
How to Make Cities Safer by Design
Pedestrians, personal vehicles, and pedestrians struggle to coexist on a busy street in Hyderabad, India.
Traffic crashes claim more than 1.2 million each year, and will be the world’s fifth-largest cause of death by 2030 unless we improve road safety. The impact of these crashes falls disproportionally on cities in the developing world, with 90 ...
Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians
In major cities, such as Bangalore, India, pedestrians and personal vehicles often share space, making design for road safety essential. (Photo: jchessma/ Flickr)
Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the dubious distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow—unless ...
Five Lessons for Making Bike Share a Success in India
Five Lessons for Making Bike Share a Success in India
Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS), or bike share, as it is more popularly known, was first introduced in Amsterdam in 1965. While the concept spread to various European cities, it remained largely experimental in nature and small in scale. It wasn’t ...
From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure that Citizens Have Access to Information
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Gabriela Sakamoto/Flickr.
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on ...
Friday Fun: Using Virtual Reality to Create Safer Drivers
A driver using the Occulus Rift, a popular virtual reality device, to simulate a driving experience.  (Photo: Nan Palmero / Flickr)
Talking about virtual reality (VR) often calls to mind movies like The Matrix or futuristic video games—however, VR is also proving to be an unlikely ally in the fight to make roads safer in cities everywhere. The World Health Organization warns ...
7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City
7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City
Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. While most traffic safety initiatives tend to focus on ...