3 Things Cities Can Learn from Cape Town’s Impending “Day Zero” Water Shut-Off
3 Things Cities Can Learn from Cape Town’s Impending “Day Zero” Water Shut-Off
Cape Town is running out of water. After three years of intense drought, South Africa’s second-largest city is just a few months away from “Day Zero,” the day when the city government will shut off water taps for most homes and businesses. The impacts ...
How 3 Cities Are Navigating the Transition to Electric Buses
How 3 Cities Are Navigating the Transition to Electric Buses
As today’s urban areas house more than half the world’s population and produce more than 80 percent of global economic activity, cities are uniquely positioned to deliver sustainable solutions. However, poor local air quality and issues related to global climate change ...
Dockless Bike-Sharing Is Reshaping Cities – But We’re Not Sure How Yet
Dockless Bike-Sharing Is Reshaping Cities – But We’re Not Sure How Yet
Bike sharing systems in busy urban cores are not new. The first major breakthrough started 20 years ago with the so-called “third generation” of bike sharing systems introducing the use of smart cards to unlock and rent bikes. Today, bike ...
Improving Urban Climate Resilience in 2018 Requires More Data – and Urgency
Improving Urban Climate Resilience in 2018 Requires More Data – and Urgency
With the new year just starting, urban decision-makers are planning their 2018 to-do lists, and resilience is the perfect place to start. In 2017, natural disasters stole the show, flooding the headlines and trending on social media. More than 40 ...
India Can Get All Petrol, Diesel Vehicles Off Roads By 2030. Here’s What It Will Take to Go Electric
India Can Get All Petrol, Diesel Vehicles Off Roads By 2030. Here’s What It Will Take to Go Electric
In April, Piyush Goyal, the power minister at the time, claimed that India would introduce electric vehicles with such vigor that by 2030, there would be no petrol or diesel vehicle left to register. The following month, the Niti Aayog ...
As Cities Grapple With Mobility Revolution, 10 Principles Emerge to Guide Them
As Cities Grapple With Mobility Revolution, 10 Principles Emerge to Guide Them
Mobility is undergoing a huge shift – from the emergence of shared cars and bicycles to the impending self-driving cars – and we’re just starting to understand the full effect on cities. The revolution has implications for equity, accessibility and sustainability, and has ...
Better Coordination, Engagement Needed to “Bend the Curve” for Cities, Say Experts at World Urban Forum
Better Coordination, Engagement Needed to “Bend the Curve” for Cities, Say Experts at World Urban Forum
Cities are essential to achieve not only the New Urban Agenda, an unprecedented statement of intent by 167 countries more than a year ago in Quito, but the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement, said a series of urban policymakers, ...
50 Shades of Shared: How On-demand Technology Reshaped India’s Urban Mobility Landscape
50 Shades of Shared: How On-demand Technology Reshaped India’s Urban Mobility Landscape
India’s urban transport sector has seen tremendous change in the last 15 years. This series examines the evolution of the for-hire vehicles sector (FHVs), the regulatory response to it and its place in the mobility network of the future. While ...
Photo Essay: A Look at How Climate Change Affects Poor Urban Communities in Surat and Semarang
Photo Essay: A Look at How Climate Change Affects Poor Urban Communities in Surat and Semarang
One of the biggest challenges to climate action is not only understanding the risks of flooding, extreme heat and other challenges, but how your community might respond to these risks. What are its strengths? How might policymakers augment existing capacities ...
How the FSCI Is Improving Urban Energy Efficiency by Encouraging Building Retrofits, Providing Alternative Business Models
How the FSCI Is Improving Urban Energy Efficiency by Encouraging Building Retrofits, Providing Alternative Business Models
The majority of the energy used by buildings is wasted, resulting in increased energy costs and air pollution. Among C40 cities, this translates to between 50 percent and 75 percent of citywide carbon emissions. Therefore, due to the sheer amount of energy consumed by buildings, ...