Lloyd Wright

Senior Urban Development Specialist (Transport), Central and West Asia Department

Lloyd assists in the implementation of sustainable urban transport initiatives for ADB’s Central and West Asia region. He is particularly supporting the development of quality public transport systems and non-motorized transport integration.

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Beijing’s smog-laden skies obscure the Forbidden City in a thick orange haze. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

The Price of Breath in Beijing

If a frog is placed in a boiling caldron, it will immediately jump out to safety.  If the same frog is placed in water, which is slowly heated to boiling, the frog will tranquilly remain and eventually die from overheating.

This biological anecdote is frequently utilized as a metaphor for our political state of affairs over global climate change.  As the planet slowly heats and succumbs to gradual change we unwittingly accustomize without sensing the dangers that await us.  The lessons from this phenomenon also encompass the state of our cities and the transport sector.

Lloyd Wright