Podcast: Rogier van den Berg on the Prize for Cities and Urban Transformation
Podcast: Rogier van den Berg on the Prize for Cities and Urban Transformation
“You can’t resolve the climate crisis without resolving cities,” says Rogier van den Berg, acting global director at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, in a new podcast. Speaking with Kes McComick of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics ...
4 Lessons on How to Transform to Zero-Emission Transport in India
4 Lessons on How to Transform to Zero-Emission Transport in India
Vehicle ownership per capita has grown five‐fold in India since 2000. As a result, passenger transport activity has more than tripled, and energy demand more than doubled from 2000 to 2020. The transport sector is the third largest greenhouse gas ...
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US
Editor’s Note: This article was updated in September 2022 to present new findings from WRI’s dataset tracking electric school bus adoption in the United States, covering April to June 2022. To the best of our knowledge, these statistics are up to date as ...
Show Me (How to Get) the Money: Daring Cities 2022 Spotlights How to Fund Climate Emergency Work
Show Me (How to Get) the Money: Daring Cities 2022 Spotlights How to Fund Climate Emergency Work
Since its inception in 2020, the focus of Daring Cities has been to catalyze and accelerate local climate emergency action. And certainly, with well over 2,000 jurisdictions from around the world having formally declared a climate emergency, there is no shortage of ...
Can Europe’s Climate City Contracts Shake Up Urban Climate Action?
Can Europe’s Climate City Contracts Shake Up Urban Climate Action?
Think big. Think bold. Think mission to the moon! That’s the goal of the European Commission’s EU Mission program, which aims to package together funding, research and policy changes to deliver “concrete results” on ambitious goals by 2030. These goals ...
How Higher Quality Data Can Help Improve Urban Planning and Reduce Inequities
Map of street access in Dar es Salaam
Local-level, high-quality data can provide powerful insights for urban planning and lead to better policies on mobility, climate adaptation, gender equity and more. But only if the inputs are good and there’s enough capacity to analyze it effectively. New technologies ...
5 Cities Show How to Thrive in Turbulent Times
Kids playing at a public park in Barranquilla, Colombia
History shows that when disasters and crises strike, cities often bounce back stronger and more resilient than before. The great Chicago fire famously gave rise to skyscrapers. Infectious disease outbreaks led to public health policies and modern sanitation. The devastation of World War II catalyzed unprecedented ...
How Forests Affect the Fate of Cities in Eastern Brazil
Map of tree cover loss in Brazil
Global forest loss remains high. In 2021, the tropics lost 11.1 million hectares of tree cover, according to WRI’s latest analysis. This annual figure included 3.75 million hectares of loss within tropical primary rainforests, resulting in 2.5 gigatons of CO2 ...
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
How Prepared Are US Cities to Implement the Justice40 Initiative?
As hubs of talent and innovation, American cities are uniquely positioned to fight climate change and improve the health, economy and well-being of their residents. The Biden administration’s Justice40 Initiative and funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provide rare ...
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
4 Quick and Sustainable Solutions to High Gas Prices in the US
President Biden suggested that the United States implement a Federal Gas Tax holiday to help consumers weather historically high gas prices. Gas prices doubled in the United States between February 2021 and June 2022, topping out at more than $5 ...