Deep roots, tree canopies and other "green" infrastructure can purify water, regulate stormwater runoff and reduce the impact of floods and droughts.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer reveals his expectations for Brazil's Mayor’s Summit and Congress, as well as what local leaders can do to mitigate climate change.
Guide for urban planners and policymakers details specific design elements with examples from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, New York City, Paris and more
More than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year. Ben Welle explains an undervalued approach for saving these lives—good urban design.
Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities.
Twenty-three percent of the food available in sub-Saharan Africa is lost or wasted. At the same time, one in every four people is undernourished.
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Rio de Janeiro has long been known for its traffic congestion and lack of affordable, accessible public transit. Now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, city leaders are beginning to transform Rio's image into one of a sustainable mobility leader.
International Women’s Day is on March 8, 2015, and this year’s theme is “Make It Happen.” Here are four women leaders working to improve city life by improving access to transport and jobs, making public spaces safer, improving environmental quality, or turning up the volume of their voices by increasing representation in government.
As Michael Bloomberg announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world.
Connected, compact and coordinated cities can improve economic growth, traffic safety and quality of life through urban mobility systems, which move beyond cars and expand access to opportunity.
Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each week and this population growth comes with new buildings, roads and transport systems.
Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities discusses unique solutions cities can offer to combat climate change, boost economic prosperity, and catalyze smart urbanization.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) and bus priority systems have become an attractive solution to urban mobility needs in recent years because of their relatively low capital costs and short construction times compared to rail transit.
The growth in BRT and bus priority systems worldwide presents an opportunity to save lives and improve the health and safety of cities.
A new report, Traffic Safety on Bus Priority Systems, shows that high-quality public transport systems can improve traffic safety, reducing injuries and fatalities by as much 50 percent.
More than one half of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2030, about one billion additional people will live in urban areas.
Former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, explains that how cities build their transport systems will determine their economic performance and citizens’ quality of life.
From climate change to poverty reduction, 2015 is a year of immense opportunity to advance progress on sustainable transport and inclusive cities.
After two weeks of difficult negotiations and a nail-biting finale, delegates in Lima laid the groundwork for a successful international climate agreement in Paris next year.
Leaders at COP20 can explore a range of sources for financing low-carbon urban development including multilateral investment banks, private investors, and innovative initiatives like the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions or climate-themed bonds.