Outdoor air pollution kills 3.3 million people, mostly in cities, every year. That’s more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined – yet the sparse coverage of official data means many cities are not even monitored
Each drop of water that passes through the Mexican capital tells a heroic, tragic, unfinished story of urban growth and human development. Over the course of a week, the Guardian follows this complex, costly trail
World Bank Group Vice President Keith Hansen welcomed State Councilor Wang Yong and Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo to the Social Protection & Labor South-South Learning Forum 2015 in Beijing. photo: Mohamad Al-Arief/World Bank Consider this: By the time you had breakfast this morning, the world’s urban population grew by some 15,000 people. This number will increase to 180,000 people by the end of the day and to 1.3 million by the end of the week. On a planet with such a vast amount of space, this pace of urbanization is like crowding all of humanity into a country the size of France. Cities are where most of the world’s population lives, where more and more of population growth will occur, and where most poverty will soon be located. But why do so many people choose cities? Poor people constantly pour into Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi and Mumbai in search of something better. The poorest people who come to cities from other places aren’t irrational or mistaken. They flock to urban areas because cities offer advantages they couldn’t find elsewhere. The poverty rate among recent arrivals to big cities is higher than the poverty rate of long-term residents, which suggests that, over time, city dwellers’ fortunes can improve considerably.
Chief prosecutor says ‘there is no organised crime in Mexico City’ – but recent string of murders leaves many residents and experts believing the city has lost its status as a safe haven from gangland violence
Mexico City is impossible to describe; this video mixes time-lapses with drone shots that try to convey the city from a different perspective. ________________________________________________________________________________ Es…
nice intro to anyone studying Mexico City as a case study!
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