Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Environmentally friendly traffic jams?
Environmentally friendly traffic jams?
Amsterdam is frequently cited as having the best bicycling infrastructure in the world. Photo by Ronel Reyes. Traffic and congestion is a common sight during rush hours around the world. After battling through hours of traffic, the hunt for a ...
Friday Fun: It’s a bus! It’s a tram! It’s…Vienna’s new public transport
Friday Fun: It’s a bus! It’s a tram! It’s…Vienna’s new public transport
An early morning tram travels down a street in Vienna. Vienna’s new buses rely on the city’s extensive tram network for electricity. Photo by Julian Turner. Vienna is home to one of the largest tram systems in the world, extending ...
An ethanol production plant in Brazil. Photo by . Shell.
The challenges of ethanol in Brazil
While a debate continues about the future of biofuels, Brazil is currently facing an important decision for its own future. Ethanol from sugar cane emerged in the years 2000 as a potential alternative to fossil fuels and possibly a game-changer ...
A boy peers out a bus window in Mumbai, India. Photo by gregor_y.
How clean is the air we breathe in cities?
More and more cities worldwide are grappling with the ever-increasing menace of air pollution — especially in India, which contains some of the most polluted cities in the world. Rapid economic growth in developing countries and increased individual wealth is ...
By gconservancy.
Earth Day 2013: transport as a solution in the face of climate change
With the theme of Earth Day 2013 being, the Face of Climate Change, TheCityFix discusses how transport can play an integral role in solutions to help mitigate climate change and its deadly effects. For the thousands of residents in the Chicagoland area ...
Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Aileen Carrigan - EMBARQ.
Natural gas and low-sulfur diesel meet again
This is the second round of a two-part series weighing the benefits of natural gas versus low-sulfur diesel as fuel sources for buses. Natural gas won Round I because when we focus on tailpipe emissions it is less toxic, and ...
Photo by Scania Group.
Safer mobility, safer climate
Each time we travel extra miles in private cars, we emit more CO2, and we create more traffic related deaths and injuries (see data from the International Energy Agency and the World Health Organization). Each year 1.3 million die from ...
Photo by Hector Rios, EMBARQ Mexico.
Developing countries as junker graveyards: the global cost of used cars
Remember that 1994 blue minivan that your mom used to pick you up from school in? Well, chances are that gas-guzzling, oil-burning junker is probably still chugging along south of the U.S. border, maybe hauling around a Mexican family in ...
Photo by archer10 (Dennis)
Natural gas vs. low-sulfur diesel in India, round I
Natural gas might help public transport to pollute less. It might be a cost effective solution as well. The Indian government mandated natural gas in 2004 for all public buses and rickshaws in a number of cities, but was mandating ...
Tricycles are a source of air pollution and health hazards in Manila. Photo by digitalpimp.
Cleaning-up the air with electric tricycles in Manila, Philippines
This article was edited on March 22, 2013. With over 3.5 million currently in operation, the motorized tricycle – a close cousin of the ubiquitous motorized rickshaw seen zipping through the streets of India and throughout Southeast Asia – is an icon on ...
Photo by ifindkarma.
Friday Fun: Taking auto emissions out of the picture in Beijing, China
Beijing’s poor air quality is nothing new. Yet, the visible air pollution from the “sand-smog” on February 28, 2013 still shocked the world. The Washington Post posted a photo of downtown Beijing, entitled, “The most shocking photo of Beijing air ...
President Obama giving the 2013 State of the Union address. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House.
STATEMENT: WRI Response to the State of the Union
WASHINGTON (February 13, 2013)– In his State of the Union address, President Obama presented his priorities for his second term, including addressing the threat of climate change. New analysis by the World Resources Institute has identified four essential steps the ...
More cars in China is not the solution. Photo by anastas.
China Transportation Briefing: 5 Trends to Watch in China’s Urban Transport in 2013 (Part Two)
This blog post is part of a 2-day series. We invite you to check part one. Could Chinese cities develop more sustainable mobilities? Today we explore China’s biking renaissance and multi-modal integration. Trend 4 – Biking Renaissance The past two ...
The future of China in transport is not through more cars. Photo by Ol.v!er [H2vPk].
China Transportation Briefing: 5 Trends to Watch in China's Urban Transport in 2013 (Part One)
Our China Transportation Briefing shares interesting news and noteworthy research related to China’s transportation and urban development. The goal is to help people who are interested in solving China’s urbanization and transportation problems understand relevant Chinese policies and trends. Each ...
WRI President Andrew Steer, World Bank President Jim Kim and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered remarks. Photo credit World Bank.
4 Big Ideas To Revolutionize Transportation
A version of this post originally appeared on WRIInsights. Two leaders on urban development recently came together on the same stage: Dr. Jim Yong Kim and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kim, president of the World Bank, and Bloomberg, mayor of New ...
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