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The New Climate Economy Will Be Powered by Compact Cities: Report
The New Climate Economy Will Be Powered by Compact Cities: Report
Bold action on climate change could deliver $26 trillion in cumulative economic benefits by 2030, according to a new report by the New Climate Economy (NCE). Without immediate action to cut emissions, the costs of “runaway” climate change will be severe: ...
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Can Housing Be Affordable Without Being Efficient?
Can Housing Be Affordable Without Being Efficient?
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to ...
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Solving for Water Security at the Source
Solving for Water Security at the Source
In the 1990s, New York City needed a new water filtration system to serve its nearly 8 million people. But the prospect of spending $6-10 billion on a new water treatment plant, and another $100 million on annual operating costs, ...
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If Your Car Is Stuck in Traffic, It’s Not Uber and Lyft’s Fault
If Your Car Is Stuck in Traffic, It's Not Uber and Lyft's Fault
This is an excerpt reposted courtesy of CityLab, written by WRI Board Member Robin Chase. City streets are a scarce resource, and they can get very congested. During peak times, we want to move as many people through these corridors ...
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India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
Like many Indian cities, Pune’s population exploded over the last three decades. Between 1981 and 2011 it more than doubled as thousands came to work in manufacturing and IT. And like other cities, Pune expanded, eventually engulfing 23 previously separate ...
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Kerala Flooding: Natural Calamity or Manmade Disaster?
Kerala Flooding: Natural Calamity or Manmade Disaster?
As India prepared to commemorate its 72nd Independence Day last month, the southern state of Kerala saw little reason to celebrate. The monsoon rainfall this year was heavier than normal and had reached alarming levels. On an average, districts received ...
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Equitable Planning in Ahmedabad: Beyond Eminent Domain
Equitable Planning in Ahmedabad: Beyond Eminent Domain
A huge challenge for growing cities is provision of core services and infrastructure. Every time a new neighborhood crops up, services like roads, water and sanitation, education, and health centers must be extended to cover new residents. In practice, cities ...
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8 Years Watching and Influencing Urban Transformation: Reflections From a Foundation Program Officer
8 Years Watching and Influencing Urban Transformation: Reflections From a Foundation Program Officer
Can innovative work be achieved by a program officer in a philanthropic organization? I remember asking this question when I started at the Hewlett Foundation in 2010. In my time there, I learned that program staff at philanthropies get to ...
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No, 8 in 10 People Don’t Live in Urban Areas. Not Yet.
No, 8 in 10 People Don’t Live in Urban Areas. Not Yet.
Most people now live in cities and cities are growing rapidly. We are living in the midst of the urbanization age, an age that started in earnest at the beginning of the 19th century, when people first decided en masse ...
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With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive
With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive
Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. Many cities, however, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation ...