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  • Worst Cities for Commuting Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    Recently International Business Machines asked more than 8,000 drivers, or about 40 from each of 20 global cities it surveyed, about their daily commutes. (The 20 cities were selected from the world’s top 65 for size and economic activity.) The picture painted by the results of this annual “Commuter Pain Survey” was not pretty: A little over 41 percent of respondents believe their commutes have worsened over the last three years. IBM hopes the results will provoke discussion and eventually inspi

    Check out the 10 worst cities for commuting, accompanied by some of the commuting-related findings specific to each city.

  • World’s Most Polluted Countries Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 12:50 AM ET
    Emerging nations around the world are often heralded for their fast growth, but we don’t often hear about the downsides of that rapid development.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries. Almost all the worst offenders are either major oil and gas producers, or emerging economies that are growing rapidly.The WHO study looked at air quality in 91 countries, measured by t

    The World Health Organization recently released a report on air quality in countries around the globe, on which we based a list of the ten most polluted countries.

  • A woman surfs the internet on a laptop computer at a wireless cafe in Beijing, China.

    In the aftermath of China's recent high-speed train collision, citizens have lashed out at the government's handling of the disaster on weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.  The NYT reports.

  • Chinese Rating Agency Comes Under Fire Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 8:06 PM ET
    A member of the security staff stands on the platform next CRH380A train, foreground, used on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line, at the Hongqiao Station in Shanghai, China.

    The Chinese rating agency best known for downgrading US sovereign debt last year, has come under fire domestically for giving the country’s embattled railway ministry a higher rating than the government. The FT reports.

  • FAA in Limbo     Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    Discussing the FAA standoff and why Congress can't get the deal done, with CNBC's Hampton Pearson; Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator; Jared Bernstein. Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, and Armstrong Williams, television and radio host.

  • FAA's Future Up in the Air     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 10:32 AM ET

    The FAA is seeking an extension on temporary funding to end a partial shutdown that's gone on for nearly two weeks. Insight with Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation.

  • China Imposes Blackout on Train Wreck Coverage Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 | 8:41 PM ET
    The wreckage of a carriage is lifted from the accident scene of the crash caused by the earlier collision of two trains on July 24, 2011 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. The accident occurred on the evening of July 23 when the D301 train, travelling from Beijing to Fuzhou, collided with the D3115 train, travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, which had stalled on the line after a suspected lightening strike. The first four coaches of D301 fell off the viaduct while the 15th and 16th coaches o

    After days of growing public fury over last month’s high-speed train crash and the government’s reaction, Chinese authorities have enacted a virtual news blackout on the disaster except for positive stories or information officially released by the government. The NYT reports.

  • China Failed to Heed Rail Safety Warnings Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 12:41 AM ET
    The wreckage of a carriage is lifted from the accident scene of the crash caused by the earlier collision of two trains on July 24, 2011 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. The accident occurred on the evening of July 23 when the D301 train, travelling from Beijing to Fuzhou, collided with the D3115 train, travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, which had stalled on the line after a suspected lightening strike. The first four coaches of D301 fell off the viaduct while the 15th and 16th coaches o

    In the last year and a half, many rail experts in China have warned that the country’s rush to build the world’s longest and fastest high speed rail network in record time was a recipe for disaster. The FT reports.

  • Rescue operations continue on the wreckages of two high-speed trains that collided in the town of Shuangyu, on the outskirts of Wenzhou in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on July 24, 2011.

    A deadly train accident in eastern China has added to a national sense of unease that safety  may have been sacrificed in the country’s rush to modernize.  The NYT reports.

  • Infrastructure: America's "Pipe" Dream     Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 2:13 PM ET

    NBC's Jinah Kim reports on the closing of California's I-405 freeway for repairs; and fixing and paying for America's aging roadways, bridges and pipes, with Norman Mineta, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, and Andrew Herrmann, American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • CNBC Poll —Top States For Business 2011 Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 7:02 AM ET
    America's Top States for Business 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    tell us what you think are the most important considerations in dedicing where to start or relocate a busines.

  • KKR Looks at Post-Nuclear Future Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 1:47 AM ET

    The end of Europe's love affair with nuclear energy provides fertile ground for the development of other renewable sources of power, according to the head of European infrastructure at private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), which has just completed a major deal in the sector.

  • Beijing Must Avoid Giant Pop in House Prices Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 | 9:36 PM ET
    Apartments in China

    Housing construction is such a driver of the Chinese economy that if a real estate bubble were to burst the resulting shock could see economic growth fall to the low single digits. The FT reports.

  • A cargo vessel runs aground at the Chongqing section of the Yangtze River during a low water period on May 3, 2011 in Chongqing, China. The vessel is carrying a cargo of 2,500 tons of steel.

    China's government has got an ambitious plan to divert trillions of gallons of water from the Yangtze River to quench the thirst of the millions of Chinese in the country's north plain. But the expensive plan is raising a lot of eyebrows. The NYT reports.

  • China Land Price Fall Threatens Local Finances Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 9:44 PM ET
    Apartment buildings in Liaoning Province, China.

    If recent land auctions across China are anything to go by, then Beijing’s efforts to cool the country’s sizzling residential property market are finally beginning to work after a year of moral suasion and threats to local governments, banks and developers. The FT reports.

  • China’s Economy Slows, But Inflation Still a Threat Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 3:13 AM ET
    Beijing, China

    The question now is how much economic growth may slow, before the authorities shift from controlling inflation to revving the growth engine. The NYT reports.

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