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Washington, D.C. -- As interest in high-speed rail (HSR) surges around the world, the number of countries running these trains is expected to nearly double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States, up from only 14 countries today. The increase in HSR is due largely to its reliability and ability to cover vast geographic distances in a short time, to investments aimed at connecting once-isolated regions, and to the diminishing appeal of air travel, which is becoming more cumbersome because of security concerns. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
PERC's Enviropreneur Institute (PEI) is a ten-day educational program based in Bozeman, Montana, designed for early to mid-career environmental leaders interested in learning how property rights and markets can enhance environmental assets. Participants interact with and learn from experts in the fields of economics, business planning, and marketing as well as previous PEI alumni. In addition to lectures and discussion groups, the curriculum includes field trips to local businesses that have adopted innovative conservation strategies and recreational trips within the surrounding Bozeman area.