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China’s Clean Air Challenge: Time to Cut Maritime Pollution
China’s Clean Air Challenge: Time to Cut Maritime Pollution
While cars and trucks are often blamed for air pollution, it’s time to bring ships into the equation. The maritime sector—mainly ships and ports—contributes a large share of air pollutant emissions in coastal cities and casts a deathly pall over ...
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Fortaleza and São Paulo Experiment with Street Transformations
Temporary street designs in Sao Paulo and Fortaleza transform spaces for cars into spaces for people. Photo by Victor Moriyama/WRI Brasil/Flickr
Who has the right to the city? While giving priority to pedestrians may seem obvious, many cities have been built around reliance on the automobile and now struggle to reclaim streets for pedestrians or fail to see the value in ...
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Do Brands Matter in Public Transit?
Metrolinx is undergoing a serious brand refresh, checking out at a quarter million dollars. Photo by Arild/Flickr
Metrolinx, the provincial government agency that oversees public transit in southern Ontario, including Toronto, recently found itself under fire for spending upwards of a quarter of a million dollars to refresh its brand. The agency says the primary impetus for the project ...
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Beyond “Take, Make, Waste”: Developing Cities Show the Possibilities of the Circular Economy
Sidewalk shoe-repair stands demonstrate how some emerging countries embrace the circular economy. Photo by Panoramio/Wikimedia
By 2050, the global population is expected to soar beyond 9 billion people, 66 percent of whom may live in cities. Accompanying this stunning pace of urbanization will be a complex web of challenges related to consumption, pollution and water and energy stresses. Recently, ...
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Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Rit Aggarwala says we should think of the city as a machine. “It requires capacity to handle the people, the traffic, the throughput, the sewage, the garbage, everything that a city is there to handle. And if it is overcapacity, ...
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Are Trains Better Than Bus Rapid Transit Systems? A Look at the Evidence
Brisbane, Australia's South East Busway saw both a ridership increase and time travel reduction, in comparison to previous commutes. Photo by Harshil Shah/ Flickr
The world’s great public transit systems: Tokyo’s Metro, London’s Tube, Honk Kong’s MTR…and Mexico City’s bus rapid transit corridors? Trains are often seen as the pinnacle of modern urban transport infrastructure. They’re green and efficient, supported by permanent, complex track ...
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Amazon’s Challenge Shows Importance of Good Transit for Cities
Washington, D.C., a contender in the race for Amazon's second headquarters, relies daily on quality public transport. Photo by World Resources Institute
Amazon’s recent announcement that it is seeking to build a second headquarters in a major North American city has sent cities from Los Angeles, to Chicago, to Toronto scrambling to outbid each other in an attempt to woo the corporate ...
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Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s light rail transit system (LRT), launched in October 2015 as the first LRT in sub-Saharan Africa, serves some 120,000 passengers a day. The LRT may help reduce travel times for some, and lead to a safer, cleaner transport ...
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The Crisis in Affordable Housing Is a Problem for Cities Everywhere
The tragedy of Grenfell Tower brought to light the global challenge of urban inequality and affordable housing. Photo by Wasi Daniju/Flickr
There has perhaps been more attention paid to affordable housing this year than any in recent memory, but it took a tragedy to make it so. The horror of Grenfell Tower touched off a national conversation in the United Kingdom ...
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Make Cycling Safer in China – By Design
Chinese Citizen Cautiously Bikes Around Beijing. Photo by  Benoit Colin/WRI
The original version of this article appeared on ChinaDaily. The renaissance of bike-riding is a welcome development, so let’s improve conditions for the users. Orange, yellow, blue, green, rainbow…bike lanes in Chinese cities are quite colorful these days. Thanks to ...