Posts tagged with 'China'
From New York to Guangzhou: Lessons Learned from Congestion Pricing
From New York to Guangzhou: Lessons Learned from Congestion Pricing
As heard today on The New York Times Dot Earth blog, Chinese officials in Guangzhou — China’s third largest city and the capital of Guangdong (China’s wealthiest province) — are considering congestion pricing as an option to address increasing traffic ...
Back to Bicycling Basics in Beijing
Back to Bicycling Basics in Beijing
According to The Guardian, 20 years ago, four out of five Beijing residents pedaled around China’s capital in some of the world’s best bike lanes.  However, this number has decreased as private car ownership has gone up. From 1995 to 2005, China’s ...
China FAQs: Cities and Transport
China FAQs: Cities and Transport
The World Resources Institute yesterday released a new English-language Web site, ChinaFAQs.org, dedicated to answering questions about climate change and energy in China. The easy-to-navigate online resource so far lists the bios and contact information of 26 experts, including nonprofit ...
Rare Earth Minerals Making Hybrid Cars Even Rarer?
Rare Earth Minerals Making Hybrid Cars Even Rarer?
China announced this week that it would tighten production and exports of rare earth minerals – a misnomer for a category of about 15 metallic elements on the periodic table that are, in fact, not actually scarce.  The rarity of ...
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing's Streets
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing's Streets
To control pollution from a growing population of 3.7 million cars, Beijing today began prohibiting high-emission vehicles from entering the city limits. This latest measure is part of an ongoing plan to improve Beijing’s air quality post-Olympics. While high-emission cars ...
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing's Got a Better Bus Map.
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing's Got a Better Bus Map.
For foreigners moonlighting in Beijing like myself, navigating the concrete jungle of China’s capital can be quite intimidating. Never to fear: The Beijing edition of E都市 (“E-dushi,” which essentially translates as “E-Metropolis”) is an innovative map providing satellite, two- and ...
"Earth Bike" Travels Through China
"Earth Bike" Travels Through China
A man with a mission travels around China by three-wheeled motorbike, shaped as a giant globe, to educate regular Chinese citizens about the importance of protecting the environment. He said he was inspired to save the earth by watching a ...
Highlights from TheCityFix DC
Highlights from TheCityFix DC
A few highlights from our TheCityFix DC site-if you’re not reading it regularly, you’re missing out: LEED Neighborhood Development Wants You to Build More More More: Why doesn’t LEED-ND certify already existing neighborhoods? It’s one more example of green consumerism, ...
World's Fair 2010: "Better Cities, Better Lives"
World's Fair 2010: "Better Cities, Better Lives"
Via NAC, I see that Shanghai, which is hosting the 2010 World Expo, has declared its theme to be Better City, Better Life. The mostly unnavigable site even has a whole page outlining what this theme means, highlighting the economic ...
E-Bike Boom in China
E-Bike Boom in China
A woman rides her electric bike without a helmet in Beijing. Photo by Ethnocentrics. From TIME.com: On the Streets of China, Electric Bikes Are Swarming June 14, 2009 By Austin Ramzy In China, electric bicycles are leaving cars in the ...
Will China Dominate the Electric Car Market?
Will China Dominate the Electric Car Market?
Step aside, Japan. Don’t even try, Detroit. China has plans to corner the electric car market. From the New York Times: TIANJIN, China — Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading ...
Is There a Future for Human-Scale Chinese Cities?
Is There a Future for Human-Scale Chinese Cities?
James Fallows of the Atlantic recently blogged about “today’s enormous, expanding Chinese cities,” comparing the more intimate architecture of Shanghai to the sprawling concrete slabs in Beijing. “This is not a ‘which do you like better?’ discussion,” he emphasizes. Rather ...
China's Car Industry Surpasses U.S.
China's Car Industry Surpasses U.S.
For the first time ever, there have been more cars sold in China than the United States. (This news comes at the same time as Detroit’s General Motors announced it would cut another 10,000 workers.) From the Associated Press: SHANGHAI ...
Beijing Offers Subsidy to Discourage Dirty Cars
Beijing Offers Subsidy to Discourage Dirty Cars
Beijing is prepared to pay up to 1 billion yuan (about $146 million) in subsidies to get citizens to ditch their dirty cars and purchase cleaner ones. (Read Laura Root’s recent post about the pros and cons of these types ...
Paying for Blue Skies
Paying for Blue Skies
Previously, the Beijing skyline took the international spotlight during the Olympics as air pollution threatened athletes and cast a gray haze over the city. Now the Beijing government is designing a policy that would reward driver’s for purchasing cleaner cars. ...
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