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People told to stay indoors as air pollution in Beijing reaches hazardous levels

People told to stay indoors as air pollution in Beijing reaches hazardous levels | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Air pollution levels in China's notoriously dirty capital were at dangerous levels today, with cloudy skies blocking out visibility and warnings issued for people to remain indoors.
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Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?
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Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District

Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Images from 1985 and last year show viewers just how much the Lower West Side neighborhood changed from Koch to Bloomberg.
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Greening the city

Greening the city | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam's choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.
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America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The private fund-raiser at the Louisiana Lagniappe, one of Baton Rouge’s finer eateries, seems a typically polite affair. Crab cakes and smoked salmon; jackets but no ties. You wouldn’t guess the people inside were plotting an urban remapping campaign that critics are calling a betrayal of 50 years of civil rights progress.
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Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city

Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Dubai has already earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries with its architecture, having built the world’s tallest building, a hotel shaped like a sail and a palm tree‑shaped archipelago of luxury properties.
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Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
In 19 of the 51 largest U.S. metros, including knowledge centers like New York and Austin, the city grew faster than the suburbs last year.
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The death of the American mall

The death of the American mall | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Once-proud visions of suburban utopia are left to rot as malls appear increasingly irrelevant to young people
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How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change

How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.
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Why Tall Buildings Make Cities Hotter

Why Tall Buildings Make Cities Hotter | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The breezy dark corridors between a city's tallest buildings seem like shady respites from the blistering summer sun. But it turns out those shadowy urban canyons are actually making your city more hell-like. NASA released some images today shot from the International Space Station which help to illustrate why.
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South Sudan’s dwindling oil output forces China to step in to protect its investments from the ongoing rebellion

South Sudan’s dwindling oil output forces China to step in to protect its investments from the ongoing rebellion | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
China is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help resolve a more than five-month-old rebellion in South Sudan that threatens Beijing’s oil investments.
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The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010 | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.
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Urban sprawl: Comparing USA and Australia settlement patterns 

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We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it

#IBGEOA process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

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China to Scrap Millions of Cars to Ease Pollution - Our World

China to Scrap Millions of Cars to Ease Pollution - Our World | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it

reChina plans to take up to 6 million vehicles that don’t meet emission standards off the roads by the end of the year to reduce the country’s air pollution.

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Think Globally, Drink Water Locally

Think Globally, Drink Water Locally | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
L.A. and other desert cities exist by importing vast quantities of water, but Peter and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute have a different idea.
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Working on water

Working on water | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Architect Kunle Adeyemi sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria's waterside slums.
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CityFixer

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Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.
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Oxford Street is one of the most polluted places in the world, and here's why

Oxford Street is one of the most polluted places in the world, and here's why | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
We’ve just learned that our country’s showcase shopping area is a world leader - for diesel fumes.
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The 100 most congested cities in Europe and North America

The 100 most congested cities in Europe and North America | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The average London commuter loses 83 hours a year to congestion – and many other cities are just as clogged. Here are the worst victims
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Design Your Own Fantasy Bus System for Real-World Cities

Design Your Own Fantasy Bus System for Real-World Cities | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
And get an estimate of how much each line would cost to run.
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Monitoring air pollution in Guadalajara | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Monitoring air pollution in Guadalajara | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Air pollution in the city of Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco, has worsened over the past decade, though there are some recent signs of improvement
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Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World

Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, is a 'sick city', due largely to rapid urbanization. But planning and other measures can nurse it into a sustainable urban environment.
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Favela life: Rio's city within a city

Favela life: Rio's city within a city | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Explore Rio's largest favela, Rocinha, and meet some of the people who live and work in the city within a city.
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Finally, Clear Performance Data for Comparing the World's Cities

Finally, Clear Performance Data for Comparing the World's Cities | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
A new international standard known as “ISO 37120” lays out 46 measures that cities on any continent can measure their performance by.
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Miserable Flooding Is a Fact of Life in Mexico City’s Impoverished Borough | VICE News

Miserable Flooding Is a Fact of Life in Mexico City’s Impoverished Borough | VICE News | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
In poorer areas such as Iztapalapa, the rudimentary drainage systems are simply no match for the rainy season and extreme flooding.
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Potential locations for Green Cities in Mexico | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Potential locations for Green Cities in Mexico | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Following on from our look at the feasibility and practicality of establishing sustainable, accessible Green Cities in Mexico, this post seeks to identify the
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