- "Streetfight" by Janette Sadik-Khan
In "Streetfight" Sadik-Khan breaks down her achievements into replicable ideas for urban planners and traffic engineers everywhere, and she also reminds us that the fight for a better city isn't over.
- It's Time for a U.S.-Canada Electric Auto Pact
The Canada-U.S. auto pact of 1965 was a major milestone, but it is time for a renewed vision for Canada-U.S. automotive cooperation and for governments to get behind electric vehicles.
- Ghana Builds Bamboo Bikes
A bamboo bicycle builder in Ghana is working to end the triple problem of poverty, unemployment, and environmental degradation by training rural migrants in manufacturing and business.
- The 'Copter Will See You Now
As countries develop policies for civilian and commercial drones, it is important to apply ethical standards that are permissive of innovation.
- China's Ecological Pivot
The World Cultural Forum held this spring in Hangzhou witnessed what may be an epochal pivot by the Chinese leadership toward an ecological future.
- What the World Bank Does Not Understand About "Doing Business"
The World Bank's research on Doing Business fails to focus on the obstacles that matter most to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
- Happy Park(ing) Day 2011
Urban advocates, planners, officials, and artists join forces each September to install miniature parks and pop-up cafes in parking spaces normally reserved for cars.
- States Find New Ways to Encourage Energy Efficiency
Instead of mandating a minimum investment in energy-efficiency programs, policymakers are designing incentives that reward utilities with new revenue for meeting or exceeding conservation goals.
- All Aboard for High-Speed Rail
The Obama administration has given passenger rail the strongest federal push since the days of Abraham Lincoln in hopes of spurring job growth and keeping pace with a rising China.
- Rare Earths Diplomacy
The world should expect China to leverage its dominance in rare earth elements to climb up the manufacturing value chain and build green technologies in its push to modernize.
- A Renewable Energy and Efficiency Transformation
The Declaration of Support for an Efficient Renewable Energy Future calls for moving quickly to understand how a renewable power system can be optimized technically, economically, and ecologically. If not us, who? If not now, when?
- End of ICE Age, Dawn of Smart Grid
The largest fuel shift in world history will push America's antiquated electricity system to evolve into a smart grid, and in the process it will also reshape the geopolitical energy map.
- From Mules to Biofuels
Policymakers have two main concerns when it comes to ethanol: the effect of demand on food prices, and the environmental benefits. While families were sharing corn at barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe.
- Rising Sun for Electric Cars
Southern New Hampshire University is experimenting with parking lot solar to charge electric cars and feed renewable energy back into the grid.
- In Pursuit of a Carbon-Free Economy
The climate crisis requires better tools to compare the true environmental value of greenhouse gas reduction versus sequestration, so that we know whether to invest our limited resources in efficiency or forests, renewable energy or carbon storage.
- Green Stimulus
Recession could open the door for stimulus that is both progressive and climate-friendly, especially if targeted at housing and transportation.
- Policy Transfer Makes Street Sense in NYC
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come, mused French novelist Victor Hugo. He might have added that some ideas come a longer way than others. Policymakers have recently opened up to the idea of policy transfer—borrowing successful innovations from abroad for use at home.
- Unethical Ethanol Tariff
Importing Brazilian ethanol made from sugar could reduce U.S. gasoline consumption and environmental footprint, and increased consumption would lead to a higher price for sugar, potentially lifting Brazilian cane farmers out of poverty. Yet a tariff of 54 cents per gallon is distorting the market.
- Central versus Local
More than any other countries, China and the U.S. hold the key to whether humanity can put the brakes on its greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dire consequences of global warming. Tension has been growing in both countries between local and central government approaches to climate change.
- Dani Simons
Dani Simons is director of communications & external affairs at Motivate.