The Maglev in Shanghai

This photograph is the first illustration in ‘The Age of Sustainable Development’ by Jeff Sachs (p.9) – the coursebook to the MOOC of the same name by Columbia University.


1.1 The maglev train in Shanghai (Photo credit: Lars Plougmann, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.)

In the video ‘The Age of Sustainable Development | Lecture 1, Chapter 1‘, Sachs says, starting at the 2:57 mark,

Have a look at this remarkable piece of technology – the Maglev in Shanghai – which carries people at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, more than 400 kilometers per hour, to and from the city and the airport. It’s a magnificent piece of technology – product of joint work of major leading engineering companies from Europe and those in China. It’s been operating for the past decade. It is a kind of model of what sustainability can mean in the future. Because if electric trains – these magnetic levitation trains, or fast inter-city rail, based on electricity – are powered by clean electricity then we have a way of helping people to move, helping goods and services to move in a way that’s safe for the environment. And technology as exemplified by the Maglev is definitely one way forward.