The Urgency of Climate Refugees in Dhaka and Beyond
With an increasing number of climate refugees in cities like Dhaka, local and national leaders need to respond with a comprehensive plan of action. Photo by blese/Flickr.
In the next 40 years, climate change is expected to cause 150 million people worldwide to leave their homes and migrate elsewhere. According to a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, this puts 10 percent of the global population at risk ...
How Urban Infrastructure Contributes to Public Space
Urban infrastructure--like this pedestrian crossing in Belo Horizonte--also serves as vital public space for residents. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
New BRT Plans for Kazakhstan
Almaty's new BRT system will be the first of its kind in the region, bringing sustainable transport to thousands of residents. Photo by FixerKZ/Wikipedia.
Since its introduction over 40 years ago, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been adopted in over 190 cities. Across the world, BRTs have brought a level of reliability, efficiency, and safety to bus networks at a fraction of the ...
Friday Fun: How Buildings Can Help “Eat” Urban Smog
Innovative building designs can use "smog-eating" technology to improve air quality in cities like Bogota, Colombia. Photo by Michael McCullough/Flickr.
Many cities around the world are suffering from severe air pollution. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s urban air quality database reveals that about half of the global urban population is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times ...
How Cities Are Shaping International Relations
With the help of collaborative networks for learning, cities like Shanghai are emerging as global leaders and innovators. Photo by H4g2/Flickr.
It can be easy to overlook foreign policy at a city level, given that high-profile agreements are typically made between national governments. However, while countries negotiate international security deals, trade partnerships, and climate agreements, the power of cities to develop ...
Friday Fun: Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?
Driverless cars have the potential to complement roads designed for safety in cities like Singapore. Photo by Scania Group/Flickr.
Each year, millions of people die from traffic accidents on roads worldwide. As city leaders take action globally to improve road safety, some innovators have begun to address one of the major causes of traffic accidents, human error, by exploring self-driving ...
When it Comes to Reducing Car Congestion, India’s Cities Can Learn from its Businesses
The Indian city of Bangalore is engaging the private sector to shift how employees commute to work, reducing traffic congestion and costs for everyone. Photo by Miroslav Čuljat/Flickr.
A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested, and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. ...
How Indian Cities Can Ensure Sustainable and Efficient Growth
Indian cities, like Hyderabad, need to focus on limiting urban growth, investing in natural infrastructure, and promoting clean energy in order to ensure sustainable and efficient development. Photo by Kara Newhouse/Flickr.
Cities exist in a region and cannot be defined by their geographic or municipal boundaries alone. The future trajectory of urban growth is often defined by migration patterns from surrounding regions, which in turn, is substantially determined by the relative ...
Ken Livingstone’s Lessons for Congestion Charging and City Leadership
Under the leadership of Ken Livingstone, London has become an global example for using congestion charging to improve urban mobility. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.
Ken Livingstone, the first ever mayor of London, known for implementing one of the largest congestion charge zones in the world, will come to Brazil in September for the Mayors´ Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress. Here is ...
How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented
Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...