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US transit agencies get creative to support vaccine effort

Over 350 transit agencies across the US are providing free transportation to vaccination centres or allowing their stations and facilities to be used as COVID-19 vaccine sites, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Earlier this week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg paid tribute to their efforts, and urged others to join in the vaccination drive. “Getting vaccinated is the...

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How Buenos Aires plans to halve emissions by 2030

The City of Buenos Aires has published its Climate Action Plan 2050, which sets out targeted measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience. The Argentinian capital has pledged to become climate-neutral by 2050, reducing emissions 53 percent by 2030 and 84 percent by 2050. The plan outlines 24 areas of action under four main pillars: preparedness; proximity to local amenities; adoption of low carbon policies and...

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New York to introduce ‘resilience test’ for city-funded capital projects

New York City Council has passed a bill that will require city-funded buildings, retrofits and infrastructure projects to meet climate resiliency design guidelines and a minimum resiliency score. The Int. 2092 bill aims to ensure that facilities such as schools, libraries, bridges and affordable housing developments are designed to withstand climate threats. The legislation will codify the Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines first...

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Cities must adapt for the ‘COVID decade’, says new report

Society could continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 for a decade or more, according to a new report from the British Academy, which highlights that cities have an important role to play in preventing the acceleration and expansion of inequalities. The research was requested by Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, to better understand the long-term societal effects and impacts of COVID-19. It calls for...

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TfL innovation partnership improves road safety and air quality

Transport for London (TfL) says its innovation partnership with Bosch has boosted traffic flow in the capital, improved road safety and contributed towards a reduction in air pollution. The pilot, which began in November 2018, has seen the pair collaborate on several projects, including a new traffic signal timing strategy to improve air quality in Lambeth. Using ‘floating car data’ (with HERE Technologies, in collaboration with...