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Going Solo or Going Multigenerational?

Going Solo or Going Multigenerational?

A new book suggests that living alone could be a very green option. But wouldn’t living with one’s parents, grandparents, and children be even more sustainable?

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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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Tackling U.S. Unemployment: The 80% Solution

Tackling U.S. Unemployment: The 80% Solution

Guest post by Juliet Schor* *Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and author, most recently of Plenitude: the new economics of true [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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Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Blaming China or Learning from China?

Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Blaming China or Learning from China?

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has long recognized that environmental health and economic wellbeing are inseparable. As long ago as 1990, the USW declared “the [Read More...]

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Environment or Jobs: Straw Man or Real Dilemma?

This post was co-authored by Gary Gardner and Michael Renner How do we reconcile simple living, which we have long espoused as an essential ingredient [Read More...]

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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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As U.S. Transit Ridership Rises, So Does the Need for Maintenance

As U.S. Transit Ridership Rises, So Does the Need for Maintenance

Ridership on U.S. subways, light and commuter rail, buses, and other forms of urban mass transit is on the rise. In recent years, the number [Read More...]

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Bikes' Niche in Urban Transport Expanding

Bikes' Niche in Urban Transport Expanding

A Washington Post article this week reported the opening of the District of Columbia’s latest set of dedicated bike lanes, part of a citywide effort [Read More...]

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The Great Rail Race of the 21st Century

The Great Rail Race of the 21st Century

In the midst of a deep economic crisis, public investment in intercity rail and urban transit is seen as a way to kickstart languishing economies, and to create jobs in both manufacturing and operating public transportation systems. That’s true even in the United States, which for decades has neglected rail and transit even as the federal government has invested huge sums of money in highways and air travel infrastructure. The economic stimulus program offers close to $18 billion for urban transit and intercity passenger rail systems. It could be the start to a revival of U.S. rail manufacturing and associated jobs.

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A Bully Pulpit to Marshal Climate Action, Not Make War

A Bully Pulpit to Marshal Climate Action, Not Make War

I can’t help but notice the deep discrepancy in the manner with which President Obama is handling two headline issues: Afghanistan and climate stability. In [Read More...]

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