The Seeds for Change project in Gurugram, India recently reclaimed four car parking spots to make space for 40 bicycles. Cities around the world are using similar strategies to shift people from cars to cleaner transport.
As one of the world's largest emitters and a growing economy, Brazil has the potential to act as a global leader for nations transitioning to low-carbon economies. Such leadership must be viewed beyond geopolitical status; it is a strategy that will reward countries with social, economic and environmental gains.
A long-standing belief among transportation planners and engineers is that wider traffic lanes reduce congestion and create safer streets. A growing body of research challenges this conventional wisdom.
Local governments throughout Brazil have long-struggled with how to solve the air pollution, traffic congestion and safety issues caused by rising car ownership. The state government of Minas Gerais may have found a solution.
New research from the International Energy Agency shows that cities represent 70 percent of the cost-effective emissions-reduction opportunities between now and 2050. Director for Sustainability Kamel Ben Naceur shared this and other findings at a recent WRI event.
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is one of the first international initiatives to examine the economics of sustainable cities. The Coalition will put urban infrastructure investment where it belongs—at the heart of national economic development planning.
Recent economic research estimates a $4.1 to 4.3 trillion annual investment gap between the urban infrastructure we have and the amount we need. That's why WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, C40 and the Citi Foundation are partnering to help cities around the world accelerate the implementation of low-carbon urban solutions.
With the 29-hour closure of Washington, D.C.'s Metro, trust in the city's public transit system is at a low point. But, the shutdown isn’t just bad for the Metro; it has broader impacts for the whole of the city.