Posts tagged with 'weather'
As Water Shortages Plague Bogotá and Other Cities, Nature-Based Solutions Can Help
As Water Shortages Plague Bogotá and Other Cities, Nature-Based Solutions Can Help
Bogotá, Colombia is in the throes of a water crisis. After several months of dry weather caused by El Niño, the Chingaza reservoir system, which provides 70% of Bogotá’s water, reached its lowest level in history. The city’s over 8 million residents are ...
Optimizing Electric School Buses for Cold Weather Climates 
Optimizing Electric School Buses for Cold Weather Climates 
As electric school buses hit the road across the United States, it’s important for school districts and school transportation providers to prepare for how these clean-running buses will perform in different climates. The good news? Electric school buses are tested ...
What Exactly Are 'Nature-based Solutions'?
What Exactly Are ‘Nature-based Solutions’?
In the Seychelles archipelago in east Africa, flooding and erosion caused by rising sea levels pose an imminent threat to the country’s many low-lying islands. At the same time its mangrove forests, which serve as a vital buffer against these ...
Southeast Asian Cities Have Some of the Most Polluted Air in the World. El Niño Is Making it Worse
Southeast Asian Cities Have Some of the Most Polluted Air in the World. El Niño Is Making it Worse
Residents of Jakarta, Indonesia woke up on August 31, 2023, to a thick blanket of haze and news that their city was again ranked the most polluted in the world — one of many times during the last several months when air quality became ...
Clearing the Air: Why Low-Carbon Transportation is Critical for Cities 
Clearing the Air: Why Low-Carbon Transportation is Critical for Cities 
You start the day frustrated, your alarm clock ringing 30 minutes earlier than usual to try to beat the thousands of other morning commuters out the door. Battling bottlenecks has become your daily drill, from the side road shortcuts to ...
Poor Air Quality Isn’t the Only Way Wildfires Affect Cities
Poor Air Quality Isn’t the Only Way Wildfires Affect Cities
Thousands of people in Quebec, Canada evacuated their homes this month due to raging wildfires. More than 400 miles away, New York City experienced its worst air quality in history, and briefly had the worst air quality of any city in the ...
5 Big Findings from the IPCC’s 2021 Climate Report
5 Big Findings from the IPCC’s 2021 Climate Report
Headlines related to recent extreme weather appear to come out of a science fiction book: Even the richest countries in the world can’t control widespread fires — they’re even burning in the Arctic. Deadly flooding in Germany and Belgium in July 2021 completely washed away buildings ...
Research Recap, July 16: "Green Guilt," Healthy Transport, Access to Jobs, Wild Weather Extremes
Research Recap, July 16: "Green Guilt," Healthy Transport, Access to Jobs, Wild Weather Extremes
Welcome to “Research Recap,” our series highlighting recent reports, studies and other findings in sustainable transportation policy and practice, in case you missed it. Green Guilt The National Geographic Society, publisher of National Geographic Magazine,  released its annual Greendex Survey, a ...
Getting on the Right Track: Real-World Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation
Getting on the Right Track: Real-World Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation
“Transit is the best mitigation strategy for climate change,” said Projjal Dutta from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to start his discussion on how the agency is adapting to recurring, extreme weather events, during a recent Federal Transit Aministration workshop ...
Monsoons and Recurring Transport Nightmares for Delhi
Monsoons and Recurring Transport Nightmares for Delhi
Monsoons are a seasonal reality for Indian cities. These rains vary by region and extend from June to September. The rains are not heavy in all places and do not fall all the time. Yet every year, the experience for ...
Transit and the Monsoon: Can We Harmonize the Two?
Transit and the Monsoon: Can We Harmonize the Two?
Over the past year, we’ve written extensively about the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Ahmedabad, India, called Janmarg BRT. The system — India’s first full BRT — was a game-changer in India in the sphere of urban transit ...
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Before the Rains Begin
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Before the Rains Begin
Over the next few months we are going to follow how Mumbai’s transportation infrastructure weathers monsoon season. While the monsoon rains are crucial for largely agricultural India, they are a blight on India’s urban transportation infrastructure. Highways disappear under flood ...
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