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Making India’s Streets Safer Means Confronting Political Economy Barriers
Making India’s Streets Safer Means Confronting Political Economy Barriers
On average, two people die on Mumbai’s roads owing to traffic crashes every day. The city ranks seventh in the country in terms of absolute numbers of road traffic fatalities. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are most vulnerable, and are involved in ...
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A First Step Down the Road to Zero-Carbon Buildings in India
A First Step Down the Road to Zero-Carbon Buildings in India
In 2013, the world’s cities accounted for 64 percent of primary energy use and 70 percent of CO2 emissions. Energy use in buildings is the second largest contributor (after transport) to urban GHG emissions and to urban heat islands. Emissions ...
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Cyclists and Walkers Lead Mexico City on the Road to Sustainability
Cyclists and Walkers Lead Mexico City on the Road to Sustainability
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. Sara Vélez got an ultimatum from her boss one day: either find a way to arrive ...
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Ritwick Dutta on Why Air Quality Data Is So Critical: Fighting for Blue Skies Part 1/3
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“India has 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world,” says Ritwick Dutta, the managing trustee for the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), and Indian advocacy and law group. And yet, for the “bulk” of places ...
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Green Growth for the Commonwealth: Ready for Phase Three
Green Growth for the Commonwealth: Ready for Phase Three
This post was originally published in The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 Report. A few short years ago, the idea of sustainability drew praise as something that ought to be encouraged for its environmental benefits, despite what was then seen ...
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Financing Sustainable Cities: New Tools Help Leaders Get from Aspiration to Action
Financing Sustainable Cities: New Tools Help Leaders Get from Aspiration to Action
By the year 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are primary drivers of economic, cultural and political advancements and, as such, require vast quantities of the world’s resources – today, cities generate more ...
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Greening at Altitude: Bogotá Makes National Building Codes a Local Reality with the Help of Some Friends
Greening at Altitude: Bogotá Makes National Building Codes a Local Reality with the Help of Some Friends
As countries around the world ramp up ambition toward global climate and development goals, Bogotá’s experience is an example of why they should look to cities for “ground-truthing.” At 8,600 feet above sea level, high on an Andean plateau, Bogotá is Colombia’s largest city and one ...
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Big Picture, Small Cities: Why Urban Development Needs National Governments
Big Picture, Small Cities: Why Urban Development Needs National Governments
More and more, cities are acting independently of – or even in direct opposition to – their national governments. This trend is seen, for example, in the group of American “Climate Mayors” that remain committed to the Paris Agreement even ...
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São Paulo and Fortaleza Embrace ‘Safe System’ Approach to Combat Road Safety Problems
São Paulo and Fortaleza Embrace ‘Safe System’ Approach to Combat Road Safety Problems
Each year, around 38,000 people die from traffic-related crashes in Brazil. Most of the victims are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The staggering number is a direct result of the lack of road safety precautions in Brazilian cities, which are growing ...
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Not Just Car Makers, Utilities Are Banking on Shared Electric Vehicles Too. Here’s How Batman and Robin Are Redesigning the Batmobile.
Not Just Car Makers, Utilities Are Banking on Shared Electric Vehicles Too. Here’s How Batman and Robin Are Redesigning the Batmobile.
With CEO Mary Barra at the wheel, GM has matured their climate strategy from simply greening operations to product strategy to shared electric mobility solutions. A few years ago, GM’s energy demands came from building cars. Now they come from ...