Frequent hand-washing is supposed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But what should governments do when water scarcity impacts their communities?
The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare two facets of our new reality: we are more interconnected than ever, and cities are at the front lines of this crisis and will be at the front lines of any similarly globalized crisis in the future. Cities are already in adaptation mode.
Lessons from the Great Recession show three principles that should help the United States in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As governments look to help their economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, stimulus packages should also build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
The people of Fiji, one of the countries most threatened by climate change, are taking adaptation and resilience into their own hands. Vulnerable neighborhoods in Lautoka City are building infrastructure to withstand stronger storms, and nurturing coastal ecosystems to defend against sea level rise.
Some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania see more than a dozen of their students injured or killed in road crashes every year. Traffic engineer Ayikai Charlotte Poswayo wants to change that.
More than a dozen students are killed or injured in road crashes every year at some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One project is helping kids get to school safely simply by making small changes to city street designs.
Solar power provides Kenya's health clinics with critical services like reliable electricity and the ability to safely store vaccines. And there's another bonus: increased profits.
The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Program, was just released. The report, prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides an comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States. Read a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute.
This document synthesizes key insights and entry points to address air pollution and its range of environmental, public health, and socioeconomic impacts from a multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by WRI and partners.
Transforming the way the world eats is the forgotten solution for achieving major economic and climate gains.
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.
A new report offers evidence-based recommendations for designing safer, healthier, more vibrant cities.
Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities.
The usual discussion around children’s traffic safety is a behavioral one, focusing on issues like helmet- and seat-belt laws. What's really needed is a "safe system" approach that actually makes cities safer by design.
Designing efficient, low-carbon cities and transport systems can improve health and the climate.
A WRI study shows new bus rapid transit (BRT) projects in Mexico, Colombia, China, India, and South Africa have the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 31.4 million tons over the next 20 years. This amount is equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 6.5 million cars.
Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.
Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.
The impacts of climate change are adding to cumulative stressors that threaten human health. Climate-related threats to human health range from more frequent and intense extreme weather events, to reduced air and water quality, to increased risk of disease.
While the vast majority of citizens in developing cities don’t own cars, infrastructure is still being designed and financed to support motor vehicle travel. In Mexico, for example, less than one-third of urban trips are made in cars, but three-quarters of the federal mobility budget is allocated to highways.
It’s time for the world’s cities to start thinking about moving people rather than moving cars.
We invite you to join us for a dialogue on Sustainable Transport and Traffic Safety from 12:30pm to 3:15pm on December 5, 2013.
This event will explore the link between traffic safety and sustainable transport and will include a presentation on a newly released EMBARQ publication - "Saving Lives with Sustainable Transport" - examining evidence of the safety impact of sustainable transport projects and policies including Bus Rapid Transit, biking and pedestrian infrastructure. Attendees will be invited to interact on how cities can best address traffic safety through sustainable transport, street design, and sustainable urban development.