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Drilling rig at a gas field in the North of Western Siberia

Hooked on Russian Gas

The EU relies on Russia for 45% of its natural gas imports and 27% of its crude oil imports. Germany's dependency is a major reason why it won't ban these imports despite Russia's war in Ukraine. Two natural gas pipelines explain part of the problem.

April 21, 2022 - The New York Times

Amersfoort, Netherlands cityscape in the Vathorst district at twilight.

The Dutch to Crack Down on Large Investors in the Housing Market

Several Dutch cities are planning to limit the reach of large investors in the housing market by limiting the resale of cheap or mid-priced homes.

September 8, 2021 - DutchNews.nl

Bike Shed Netherlands

Busting Myths About Car-Light Cities

According to one Canadian couple living in Holland, walkable cities and good bike infrastructure aren't just a Dutch anomaly.

July 29, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

GE's Massive Offshore Wind Turbine Makes Waves in the Industry

With a diameter longer than two football fields, a new wind turbine design promises to revolutionize the wind energy industry.

January 6, 2021 - The New York Times

Bike Shed Netherlands

World's Longest Bike Bridge Under Construction in the Netherlands

De Blauwe Loper, the Blue Carpet in English, will redefine bike infrastructure ambition.

March 11, 2020 - The Architect's Newspaper

Air Travel

French 'EcoTax' Targets Air Travel to Benefit Rail Network

The Minister for Transport called it "part of the answer to climate change" – charging air travelers a modest fee for international trips that originate in France and investing the revenue in greener alternatives such as rail transport.

July 18, 2019 - The Washington Post

Gas and Oil Company

Royal Dutch Shell: Big Oil with a Conscience?

Big Oil companies are not all alike. Royal Dutch Shell is the first one to part ways with a major oil industry trade group over differences on climate change. It's also linking executive pay to goals to reduce the company's carbon footprint.

April 5, 2019 - The Washington Post

Bike Path

This Dutch Suburb Never Had to Be Retrofitted

The Dutch city of Houten never had a car-centric past.

June 7, 2018 - People for Bikes

Bike Shed Netherlands

The World's Largest Bike Parking Facility Opening in The Netherlands

The story of Utrecht's new bike parking garage—with enough space initially for 6,000 bikes—has a surprising twist: local bike advocates don't think it's big enough.

August 9, 2017 - The Guardian

Tailpipe

Another Nail in the Coffin of the Internal Combustion Engine?

Is the movement away from gasoline and diesel-powered cars unstoppable? In response to air pollution litigation, the British government announced on July 26 that sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles would be banned by 2040.

July 31, 2017 - The New York Times

play fountain

Beating the Heat (Island Effect) with the Japanese Tradition of Uchimizu

Can a few splashes of water on hot pavement reduce the heat island effect? Researchers find evidence to support a traditional Japanese method of cooling the environment.

May 5, 2017 - The Poetry of Science

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

Revisiting the Legacy of Robert Moses

A visit from the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to see Robert Caro, author of "The Power Broker," provides a refresher on the works of Robert Moses and Caro's writing.

May 16, 2016 - The New York Times

Amsterdam, Red Light District

A Forced Gentrification May End Amsterdam’s Red Light District

In an attempt to force out organized crime and bring in a better class of tourist, the local government has forced the closure of brothels in the city's famed Red Light District.

February 1, 2016 - The Guardian

Bicyclists White House

A Dutch Evaluation of American Cycling

Warning: This five-minute video may be the most critical evaluation of American cycling conditions you will ever watch. After viewing, you may understand what separates cycling in the U.S. from that in The Netherlands - it's not just infrastructure.

June 24, 2013 - Bicycle Dutch

Park-and-Ride: Good for Cars, Bad for Transit

A new study out of the Netherlands finds that contrary to their intended function of encouraging a mode shift to transit, and away from autos, such facilities might actually increase car use, to the detriment of alternatives.

March 21, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Are Exterior Airbags the Future of Bike/Ped Safety?

Zak Stone looks at the innovative technologies that Scandinavian companies are developing to improve the safety of the most vulnerable road users.

January 28, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Dutch Cycling Embassy Wants to Get the World Biking

A group of traffic and infrastructure consultants along with NGOS and academics have banded together to spread better bicycle infrastructure around the world.

October 2, 2011 - Streetsblog

Making Artificial Mountains

In Berlin and The Netherlands, crazy ideas of building mountains for recreational purposes are actually being entertained.

September 14, 2011 - Pruned

Political Hurdle For VMT Fees Proves Too High For The Netherlands And Oregon

Two years ago a Dutch city embarked on a trial for distance-based pricing that placed a meter on the dashboard showing the price of the trip. The plan was scratched due to an election. In OR, VMT fee legislation for electric vehicles has stalled.

August 12, 2011 - The New York Times - Environment

A Week of Biking Joyously

On a fact-finding mission to the Netherlands, a delegation of California public officials marvel at the promise of bicycles for 21st Century transportation. Jay Walljasper gives this personal account of the trip.

September 16, 2010 - Jay Walljasper

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