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Sustainable Transportation gains momentum at Rio+20

Sustainable Transportation gains momentum at Rio+20

As city populations grow and the streets become more congested, a paradigm shift to sustainable transportation couldn’t be timelier

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Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation

Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation

Transportation emits ~80% of the harmful air pollutants; we must decrease emissions to improve health & sustainability

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Rail Series: China’s Rise to Global Rail Leader

Rail Series: China’s Rise to Global Rail Leader

On January 5, the Financial Times* reported that China was considering merging its two large state-owned rail manufacturing companies: the China North Locomotive and Rolling [Read More...]

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Rail Series: Spain’s Audacious Rail Investment Strategy

Rail Series: Spain’s Audacious Rail Investment Strategy

Spain has committed to building an ambitious high-speed rail network — part of an overall decision to prioritize public transportation investments over highway spending. The country’s crisis will severely test its ability to achieve its ambitions, but it is providing leadership that the United States–confronted with crumbling infrastructure and over-reliance on automobiles–could learn from.

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Rail Series: Spain and France Compete for Europe’s High-Speed Rail Leadership

Rail Series: Spain and France Compete for Europe’s High-Speed Rail Leadership

Spain now has the longest high-speed rail network in Europe, surpassing France. Yet France still has a huge lead in terms of passenger travel. European countries remain among the world’s passenger rail leaders. But relative to population, Japan is the overall champion.

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São Paulo: Ready to Lead into a Greener Future?

São Paulo: Ready to Lead into a Greener Future?

As climate negotiations were getting under way last week in Cancún, Mexico, I found myself some 6,600 kilometers to the south, in São Paulo, Brazil. [Read More...]

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Rail Series: Global Expansion

Here is another installment in our series of blog posts on rail developments.  Like the earlier posts in the series, this is drawn from our [Read More...]

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Rail Series: Who Leads the Global Market?

Rail Series: Who Leads the Global Market?

According to the consulting firm SCI Verkehr, worldwide operations and capital budgets for passenger and freight rail were a combined $590 billion in 2008. Another [Read More...]

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Rail Series: China—The New Global Rail Champion

Rail Series: China—The New Global Rail Champion

As U.S. investment in rail and transit has shrunk over the decades, other countries have stepped in to fill the gap. Many countries in Europe [Read More...]

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Rail Series: An American Rail and Transit Revival?

Rail Series: An American Rail and Transit Revival?

Our previous blog post announced the release of two companion reports assessing the state of the rail industry worldwide and in the United States. Here, [Read More...]

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Rail and Transit Manufacturing: Two New Reports

Rail and Transit Manufacturing: Two New Reports

This blog post was co-authored by Michael Renner and Gary Gardner The Worldwatch Institute has produced two companion reports that assess the state of rail [Read More...]

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When a Rail Project Becomes a Political Symbol

When a Rail Project Becomes a Political Symbol

In southwestern Germany, opposition is building against a huge railway construction project–dubbed “Stuttgart 21″–that is a poster-child of an over-dimensioned megaproject. A violent police crackdown has only steeled opponents’ resolve, and upcoming elections could oust the party that has governed the state of Baden-Württemberg for decades. The battle over Stuttgart 21 is no longer just about a railway project.

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Too Little of a Good Thing?

Rail advocates found reason to cheer when President Obama announced a “comprehensive infrastructure plan to expand and renew our nation’s roads, railways and runways.” Though [Read More...]

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The Mother of All Traffic Jams

The Mother of All Traffic Jams

In quick order, China has climbed to the top of global rankings of producers and consumers of such key commodities as steel, aluminum, cement, and [Read More...]

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Solar and Rail: The Perfect Match?

Solar and Rail: The Perfect Match?

In Shanghai, alternative sources of energy are combined with alternative means of travel at Hongqiao Railway Station. The station is part of the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed line. Its awnings are covered with solar PV panels.

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