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Urban Design for Safer Roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey's RSLab

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Design and Road Safety

More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization, if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by 65% over the next 20 years, making crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030.[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

Complete Streets vs. Trucks

January 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

What about the delivery vehicles?

As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, says Peter Plumeau of the Resource Systems Group.[read more]

Is Suburbia the Answer? Jobs and Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburbia, Jobs, and Housing

Is low density suburban development a mistake? Take a look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose streets contain signs displaying prices from nearly a decade ago.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

2014 and Temperature Records

In 2014, the Earth reached its hottest levels at least since 1880, when global temperatures were first recorded. According to NASA and the NOAA, much of the 1.24 F (0.68 C) temperature increase over the 30-year average was driven by warmer oceans, which were up 1 degree F over the average.[read more]

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

January 22, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Pollution

Private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public transport systems like buses.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

How Cities can Save Lives: Build Safer Bus Systems

January 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bus Systems and Safe Transportation

Traffic safety has become an urgent issue for cities around the globe, with traffic deaths claiming over 1.2 million lives per year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Without proper action, this unacceptable trend is expected to make road fatalities the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.[read more]

Policy Lag, or, Why UK Bike Lanes Will Be Bad for a While Yet

January 16, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Urban Biking and Policy Lag

In UK road design circles innovation cowers in the shadow of liability, perhaps understandably when you consider that it is people's safety potentially at stake. As a consequence most of the space between buildings is filled in like a "Paint by Numbers" picture, fitting in whatever the manual says is appropriate.[read more]

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High Alert for Environmental Threats in World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 Report

January 15, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Today marks the release of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 report. While international conflict tops the list of concerns, the experts whose opinions were solicited rated environmental risks more prominently than economic ones, including water shortages, climate change and fast urbanization.[read more]