China Expands It’s Pension Program to Cover 60% of Rural Areas

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China launched a pilot pension program as part of efforts to narrow the standard-of-living gap between rural and urban residents.

China plans to expand a piloted pension program to 60 percent of its rural areas this year, an increase from the original target of 40 percent, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang said Friday.

 

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Living Within 100 Yards of Gas Stations Can be Bad for Your Health

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Experts say that a ‘minimum’ distance of 50 yards should be maintained between petrol stations and housing.

Living within 100 yards of petrol stations can damage your health, according to a new study. Researchers found that air in the immediate vicinity of garages is often polluted and can harm local residents.

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Number of People Who Carpool Has Dropped By More Than 50%

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The drop in carpooling has occurred in cities across the country.

Remember the 1970s? Watergate, disco, oil embargoes and, of course, car-pooling. Many big companies organized group rides for their employees, and roughly one in four Americans who drove to work shared a ride with others.

 

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China Planning World’s Largest Mega-City with 42 Million People

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China planning to merge nine cities to create the world’s largest mega city.

China is planning to create the world’s biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis twice the size of Wales with a population of 42 million. City planners in south China have laid out an ambitious plan to merge together the nine cities that lie around the Pearl River Delta.

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Study: WiFi Makes Trees Sick

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City trees are becoming sick from wireless radiation from local area networks and mobile phones.

Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.

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GPS-Collared Coyotes to Control Rodents in Chicago

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Coyote in Chicago

Most of the time when a city has a rodent problem, they call in human exterminators. But Chicago seems to be testing out something slightly more… natural. After spotting a coyote running down State Street in Chicago, residents became aware of a project the city is testing out that includes allowing GPS-fitted coyotes to run free in the city specifically for them to gobble up problematic pests like rats, mice and rabbits. (Video)

 

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China’s Migrant Workers Will Hit 350 Million by 2050

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Migrant workers in China

China’s population of floating migrant workers reached a record 211 million by 2009 and will hit 350 million by 2050 if government policies remain unchanged, according to a report released on Saturday.   The number, however, could increase at a slower rate if the number of new workers joining the migrant population continues to fall each year.

 

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China’s Growing Pains on the Road to Urbanization

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Blocks of soon-to-be-completed residential apartments tower over the simple fish farms that are a feature of Shanwei.

How are China’s ever-expanding small cities coping with the challenge of rapid growth? Daniel Chinoy finds out in Shanwei, a city that would be a major urban hub in any other nation.   On the coast of Guangdong province, two hours northeast of Shenzhen, is a city with a population of about 3.5 million, 500,000 more people than Chicago, and an annual GDP growth rate of about 17 percent. Few people have heard of this city.

 

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Top 25 Finalists in the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab Competition

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Refrigerator of the future.

It’s not always easy to predict the future, but if we are asked to design for a particular scenario, then the job gets easy. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun! (Pics)

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