Finding Green In The City

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Chongqing in China is growing fast – so is the pollution

Apart from a few lower members of the animal kingdom, no-one other than human beings build cities.  They are totally artificial constructs and in them we live artificial lives. We travel differently, eat different food, receive water and energy through pipes and wires, live in different kinds of buildings, do different jobs.

 

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How Megacities Mimic Life

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Smog in Cairo, Egypt, one of the world’s megacities

A scientific trend to view the world’s biggest cities as analogous to living, breathing organisms is fostering a deep new understanding of how poor air quality in megacities can harm residents, people living far downwind, and also play a major role in global climate change. That’s the conclusion of a report on the “urban metabolism” model of megacities presented here today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

 

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‘Shrink to Survive’ Proposals to Tackle Economic Decline

‘Shrink to Survive’ - Entire Neighborhoods In U.S. To Be Bulldozed

‘Shrink to Survive’ – Entire Neighborhoods In U.S. To Be Bulldozed

Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic “shrink to survive” proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline.  

The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.

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Cocaine And LSD Discovered in the Air of Spanish Cities

Scientists Discover Cocaine And LSD in the Air of Spanish Cities

Study finds the air in Madrid and Barcelona is also laced with at least five drugs  

 Spanish scientists have discovered traces of cocaine and LSD in the air in the cities of Madrid and Barcelona.

Air pollution has long been a fact of life in Spanish cities, but scientists now say that it is not just smog that chokes people as they walk to work or stroll through the park.

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Sky-Terra Towers: Cities In The Skies

Sky-Terra Towers: Cities In The Skies

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As urban areas become more congested and dense, it becomes more challenging for city dwellers to spend time outdoors, exercise and relax. Buildings tower over public parks, blocking out the sun, while city streets are polluted with particulate matter and exhaust from vehicles. To cope with the growing need for green urban space, San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement has envisioned these eye-popping Sky-Terra skyscrapers – not just a single building, but a network of interconnected towers that are inspired by the shape of neuron cells. This skyscraper superstructure provides a new city layer – one covered in public parks, amphitheaters, fields, and public pools and bathhouses. (Pics)

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30 Best Cities to Find a Job

30 Best Cities to Find a Job

Formerly hot job markets are no longer hot

Job seekers with no ties to any particular location often seek jobs in big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. But are these the places where they’re most likely to find a job? Not according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job seekers are better off looking in such cities as Sioux Falls, S.D., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Rapid City, S.D. All of these cities registered some of the lowest unemployment rates in September 2008.

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Sea-Rise Levels By End Of Century May Be Lower Than Previously Predicited

Sea-Rise Levels By End Of Century May Be Lower Than Previously Predicited 

 Columbia Glacier is adding to ocean levels this century, the total global sea rise by 2100 may be lower than many are anticipating.

Despite projections by some scientists of global seas rising by 20 feet or more by the end of this century as a result of warming, a new University of Colorado at Boulder study concludes that global sea rise of much more than 6 feet is a near physical impossibility.

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Jojo – GPS For The Visually Impaired

Jojo - GPS For The Visually Impaired

 

I think the feeling of independence has no parallel. And this same feeling is valued to great heights by people with some physical impairment. We have products for everything, be it luxury or survival, but I wonder whether a device has hatched to take care of the blind single-handedly, without seeking the presence of well-wishers.

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