The world’s tallest buildings in Wuhan, China will also help clean the environment. They will generate solar, wind and hydrogen power and vertical gardens.
The United States has 9 cities with a population of 1,000,000 or more. China has 140- and that number is growing. China’s cities will not be like Los Angeles or Phoenix, however. Instead of sprawling expanses of suburbs and single family homes that stretch from horizon to horizon, China wants its cities to grow UPWARD […]
Founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm, the New York-based HAO design firm has developed a comprehensive, eco-conscious city planning scheme that would transform the Chinese coastal town of Binhai, Tianjin into one of the world’s most sustainable cities. The 49.2 acre project was designed as part of features a museum campus, an exhibition […]
Thanks to lax regulations, a booming middle class, and rapidly climbing car sales, a perfect storm of air pollution and smog is choking out China’s major cities- including the nation’s capital of Beijing. And the people of Beijing are – quite literally! – getting sick of it. In the past, Beijing has made moves to […]
At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, New Zealand teenager Brittany Trilfold told the world to stop bickering and focus on protecting the environment better for her future and for the future of the world. Twenty years previously, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki had done the exact same thing. This insight from these youth is much-needed advice for the two largest polluting economies in the world, the US and China, but will they listen?
The United States Commerce Department is implementing a tariff upon Chinese Solar Panels — details on what this will mean for consumers and the future of solar power.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy recently announced the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award winner, which, as you can see, is Guangzhou, China. Its new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which integrates bike lanes, bike share and metro stations was a big reason why it won. Here’s a statement from Dario Hidalgo, a member of […]
We’ve written on China’s world-record-setting high-speed trains in the past, but I recently ran across these videos and thought they were worth a share. The first one walks you through a ride on one of the country’s bullet trains. Here’s a quote from the YouTube page: Why fly when you can travel the 1000km between […]
TIME recently featured a video of top U.S. mayors discussing what makes cities smart. If you watch it, you’ll noticed that high-speed rail seems to be a big part of that these days. Interestingly, Fast Company recently had a post on the “10 Smartest Cities on the Planet” as well. Not a bad list it […]
Are you a geography nut? Well, if you are, or even if you’re not, you’ll probably find the map above quite interesting. It is a map of the world, but with one significant change… the largest countries (geographically) are now home to the largest countries according to population. Yes, two of the five largest countries […]
Everyone’s eyes are on China. It is growing faster than rabbit make babies and it looks to many of us that it is leapfrogging the U.S. and maybe even Europe as well on clean tech. Nonetheless, it still has huge environmental demons. The World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment […]
A recent study has concluded what many have been saying for years: countries in the “North” (i.e. the U.S., European countries, Canada, etc.) have had a much stronger effect on global climate change than countries in the “South” (i.e. South American countries, Asian countries, and African countries). “We found that the industrialised ‘North’ of the […]
I just wrote on the high-speed rail (HSR) network being planned in California earlier today, which will have trains that can travel up to 220 mph (354 kph), bringing people from LA to San Francisco in less than 2.5 hours. While California is planning its network, however, China has already started implementing one, the largest […]
I was just writing earlier on the power of cities and the progressive transportation choices cities can take to turn the world around (environmentally, economically, and otherwise). Looking at this from a different (and perhaps more negative) angle, IBM recently released a global “Commuter Pain Study.”