In 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization reported that over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources. But new research suggests the indicators used by UNICEF/WHO grossly overestimated the state of water access, especially in cities of...
On July 18, a group of nearly 30 Brazilian governors, mayors, city authorities and business leaders visited World Resources Institute to learn about WRI Ross Center and WRI Brasil’s work on mobility and sustainable cities.
The Mobility and Accessibility Program, funded by FedEx, works with communities across Brazil, India, Mexico and China to deliver quality public transportation. As urban areas contend with congestion, pollution and sprawl, we’re provides new answers, new insights and new technology to transform...
Climate change is a global phenomenon, but the impacts are distributed locally and unevenly in cities. The urban poor are the most affected by climate change and are more likely to live in areas that lack sufficient infrastructure to respond to climate risks.
WRI has developed the Urban...
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SAN FRANCISCO (September 12, 2018) — Floods and landslides are wreaking havoc on cities from Bangkok to Bangalore. Urban heat islands are exacerbating sweltering temperatures from Los Angeles to São Paulo.
- projectHelping cities protect and integrate forests to combat climate change, preserve watersheds and biodiversity, and improve human well-being
This case study in the World Resources Report, “Towards a More Equal City,” examines transformative urban change in Porto Alegre, Brazil, through the lens of participatory budgeting. The research focuses on whether and how transformative change has taken...
A small but growing number of cities are adopting more inclusive approaches to informal workers and this offers important lessons for cities that seek a more equal, productive and environmentally sustainable future.
Informal workers account for 50 to 80 percent of urban employment and...
A historic shift to urban centers has brought opportunity and prosperity to billions—but also daunting challenges. Crippling traffic congestion, worsening air pollution and an ever-growing demand for reliable mobility services plague many cities, with direct consequences for people, from...
- projectNew mobility services have the potential to positively redefine urban mobility—if they can better meet the diverse needs of all residents.