Cheap Cars, More Traffic
Cheap Cars, More Traffic
Residents in Taiwan snarled in traffic. The latest edition of Business Week includes an article about car companies using ultra-efficient business models to produce super cheap cars that are affordable to the masses in the developing world. Lead by Tata ...
Better Bike Lanes
Better Bike Lanes
When it comes to making a city bike friendly, the simple bike lane is not enough. Check out this video featuring Transportation Alternatives, The Project for Public Spaces, and The Open Planning Project, which calls for a system that segregates ...
Riding the Talk – Mexico City Mayor Bikes to Work
Riding the Talk – Mexico City Mayor Bikes to Work
On Monday, Marcelo Ebrad, the Mayor of Mexico City, and other high-ranking officials cycled to work to show their support for a cleaner, more humanized city. Although it was a time of relatively low traffic – they made their trip ...
Inventors of the World, Unite!
Inventors of the World, Unite!
Photo from xprize.org. Earlier this week, Nick Bunkley of the New York Times reported that the X Prize Foundation is sponsoring a competition with an expected prize of $10 million to produce a car that travels 100 miles on a ...
Are Bio-fuels the Right Choice for the Transport Sector?
Are Bio-fuels the Right Choice for the Transport Sector?
On March 26, Lee Schipper, Director of Research at EMBARQ, waded into the cacophonous debate over biofuels during a presentation at the World Bank. Biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel are often touted as a panacea for a host of environmental ...
Pimp My Ride
Pimp My Ride
In an Earth Day special, MTV’s Pimp My Ride will feature the greening of a ’65 Chevy Impala. During this very special episode of Pimp My Ride the crew will be replacing the original engine of the Impala with a ...
Do Commuters Have Souls?
Illustration from The New Yorker.
This week’s edition of the New Yorker includes a splendid piece on The Soul of the Commuter. Why, the article asks, do American’s subject themselves to painstakingly long commutes, even when these commutes aren’t in their best interest? “People may ...
Winners and Losers in the Greening of Delhi’s Auto-rickshaws
Winners and Losers in the Greening of Delhi’s Auto-rickshaws
On March 30, Monica Bansal, a graduate student at Colombia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation visited EMBARQ’s offices and presented her research on Delhi’s auto-rickshaws. These three-wheeled vehicles carry thousands of city residents each day, providing an alternative ...
Air Pollution in China and India
A Nanjing woman protects herself from the rain, the cold, and the airborne particles. Photo by Let Ideas Compete.
In an article published in The Guardian, Jonathan Watts and Randeep Ramesh describe the clouds of noxious fumes swirling around India and China’s industrializing cities. While much of the pollution can be attributed to inefficient coal burning power plants, the ...
Lee's Wild Ride
Photo courtesy of J. Weinert, Univ of Calif, Davis Dr. Tuan Le An, from Hanoi University of Technology, who is EMBARQ’s counterpart in Hanoi for our emissions project, kindly drove me 6 km back to the Melia on his Honda ...