Blog posts tagged to "Beijing"

  • Smog clouds sky on a typical Beijing day.

    It’s air-pocalypse now in Beijing – but the future is brighter

    Published on Tuesday, 03 January 2017

    Although the city’s air pollution problems won’t disappear overnight, authorities are finally pursuing long-term solutions.

  • Rush hour traffic in Yangon, Myanmar.

    Is congestion charging the answer to traffic gridlock?

    Published on Monday, 10 October 2016

    If Beijing implements the scheme and it proves successful, more Asian cities may follow suit. 

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

    The price of breath in Beijing

    Published on Friday, 08 February 2013

    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.