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Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action

Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action
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6 Stunning Stats That Will Change Your Mind About Going on a Cruise Americans generate food waste like nobody’s business. The USDA estimates that in 2010, we didn’t eat nearly a third of the 430 billion pounds of food produced in the United States. That’s 1,249 calories—a fifth of which came from produce—in the trash per person. Luckily, many are taking action. Want to be part of the solution? Explaining Climate Change to Youth, Forest Whitaker | Environmental awareness - UNESCO Multimedia Archives Language(s): English Message by Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on the occasion of the side event "Explaining climate change to youth: A Prerequisite for Action" during the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011 (COP17) on 1 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa on this subject: Working Together: United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011 Place/country: South Africa, Type: Speech.Round table Duration: 00:04:16 Author/director: Forest Whitaker, Publisher/producer: UNESCO, Published in: 2011

The secrets of the world's happiest cities | Society Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing remarkable about that, given his profession – and his locale. Peñalosa was a politician on yet another campaign, and this was Bogotá, a city with a reputation for kidnapping and assassination. A few years earlier, this ride would have been a radical and – in the opinion of many Bogotáns – suicidal act. I first saw the Mayor of Happiness work his rhetorical magic back in the spring of 2006. Peñalosa insisted that, like most cities, Bogotá had been left deeply wounded by the 20th century's dual urban legacy: first, the city had been gradually reoriented around cars. He threw out the ambitious highway expansion plan and instead poured his budget into hundreds of miles of cycle paths; a vast new chain of parks and pedestrian plazas; and the city's first rapid transit system (the TransMilenio), using buses instead of trains. But for a moment I forgot my questions.

Fliegen oder Vegan? Climate Change: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News The Future of Train Transportation" ­The success of the U.S. freight railroad system has shown that moving goods by rail can be economical, efficient and profitable. Trains are an essential part of a country's infrastructure, so what does their future look like? The future of train transportation will be dictated by the price and availability of oil, the determination of governments to find alternate modes of travel and the public demand for economical, fast transportation. For example, Europe's high passenger rail traffic was driven in part by historical precedent and the price of gasoline. In the United States, passenger rail traffic hasn't caught on for several reasons: However, as oil prices increase, Americans will seek alternative means for long-distance travel, and trains are a good candidate. But retooling U.S. railroads for passenger traffic won't be easy. New technologies such as magnetic levitation or maglev trains may increase train speed even more.

Elio Motors | The next big thing in transportation! Ken Wilber talking on Ayahuasca El maestro de las bicicletas | Planeta Futuro Emprendedor y visionario, King Liu es el hombre detrás del milagro ciclista que vive Taiwan en los últimos años. Cientos de kilómetros de carril bici, eficientes programas de alquiler o festivales dedicados al vehículo de dos ruedas en los que participan miles de ciudadanos son solo una muestra de lo que el empeño de este ingeniero ha conseguido; un sueño que se le ha quedado pequeño y que en los últimos años ha empezado a extenderse por otros rincones del continente asiático. Hace dos décadas el fundador de Giant comenzó a gestar una tarea casi imposible, convertir Taiwan en un paraíso ciclista. Por aquél entonces pocos apostaban por tal idea. “Hace 20 años casi nadie utilizaba este medio de transporte en Taiwán, las motocicletas estaban por todas partes, las infraestructuras no eran amigables y todavía no teníamos una cultura de la bicicleta”, comenta Liu en una sala de reuniones de la fábrica en la localidad taiwanesa de Dajia.

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