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China’s Clean Air Challenge: $3 Billion Air Pollution from Transport in Chengdu
Chengdu, China encourages cycling and walking to mitigate air pollution from fossil fuels. Photo by Richy / Fickr
This is the third installment of WRI’s China’s Clean Air Challenge blog series. This series examines the increasing social, environmental and economic impacts of the serious air quality challenge in Chinese cities and investigates the sources of emissions and sustainable ...
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With National Urban Policies, the Process Is the Goal
Paris, France hosted the International Conference on National Urban Policies this month. Photo by Metro Centric / Flickr
An expanding body of research shows that cities are truly the nexus of the global agenda. But as cities have been recognized as key to a host of global aims, it has become increasingly complex to parse through priorities, processes ...
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Toward Car-Free Cities: The Inalienable Right to Park in Bogotá
Cars Park Illegally in Colombia's Capital City, Bogota. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo / Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...
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Toward Car-Free Cities: Why Congestion Charging Failed in New York
Traffic Plagues New York City's Times Square. Photo by Javi Sánchez de la viña/Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...
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The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
Pedestrians cautiously approach the intersection of speeding cars in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Bernard Spragg/ Flickr
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking ...
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How Can China’s Green Building Sector Grow Fivefold by 2030? 3 Cities Show Us the Way
Beijing skyline in the evening. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/ Flickr
China has grand plans to green its buildings. The country’s national climate commitment calls for 50 percent of all new buildings constructed by 2020 to be certified green buildings, while its 13th Five-Year Plan prioritizes building efficiency. Following through on ...
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Voices of Efficiency: Dinh Quang Cuong, Amit Prothi and Da Nang’s Plans for a Resilient, Efficient Economy
Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo by Jean-Pierre Bluteau / Flickr
The government of Da Nang, Vietnam has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. In 2016, the city began working with the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) ...
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How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s”
Energy efficiency building monitoring system. Photo by Argonne National Labs/Flickr
The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to ...
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4 Steps to Promote Safer Speeds that Save Lives
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Implements Zona 30 Low-speed Zones. Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and ...
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Subsidizing Congestion? India’s Current Fiscal Policy for Public Buses and Private Vehicles
Photo by Adam Cohn / Flickr
Revenue generated from taxation allows governments to invest in infrastructure and resources that allow for the delivery of essential services. Broadly speaking, these investments are expected to work towards improving the quality of life for the country’s citizens. However, India’s ...