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Mexican Caravans for Life and Environmental Justice Day 2: If You Love it, Defend it

“Si Zapata vive, que chinga les pusiera!” the caravan crowd chanted while snaking its way through downtown Morelia in the state of Michoacan. If Zapata (Mexico’s larger-than-life revolutionary leader) were alive, he’d open a can of woop-ass on you.  That’s a rough translation, but you get the sentiment.  Zapata has been invoked frequently throughout the journey. After El Salto, the caravan conducted a rally and march through the city of Morelia with chants like “si se ama, se defende” (if…

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Latin American Green City Index Unveiled

The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) of the news magazine The Economist and leading engineering company Siemens just released the Latin American Green City Index [PDF], an index measuring the sustainability of 17 key Latin American cities. Believe it or not, Latin America is the most urbanized area of the world according to the United Nations. 81% of the population lives in urban areas. (Globally, a little more than 50% of the population lives in urban areas.) With 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions…

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Where’s the World’s Most Painful Commute?

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.”

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