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IB Part 2: Urban Environments
Understand how cities are constantly changing in the devloping and developed worlds
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Kenya e-waste recyclers turn trash into cash

Kenya e-waste recyclers turn trash into cash | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Slum residents, garbage collectors, recyclers and exporters convert country's e-waste burden into profitable business.

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Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Why Gentrification Is  So Hard to Stop | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Gentrification isn't new -- it's actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.

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Beijing's mayor announces 'all-out effort' to tackle air pollution

Beijing's mayor announces 'all-out effort' to tackle air pollution | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Jennifer Duggan: A number of Chinese cities again hit by record high levels of air pollution as residents are advised to stay indoors

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Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge? | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Brazil's Curitiba was once a model of sustainable planning. Now, it's struggling with a slew of urban problems.
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Last year, but a great evaluation piece! :-) 

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Gentrification blues

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RECENTLY, the Guardian has been running an interesting series of videos on its website, looking at gentrification in the poorer parts of London. One, presented by...
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Urban ecology 'needs to change'

Urban ecology 'needs to change' | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
The way researchers assess urban ecology needs to change in order to take into account the unique way modern cities are expanding, a study suggests.
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The world's slums are overcrowded, unhealthy - and increasingly seen as resourceful communities that can offer lessons to modern cities. - The Boston Globe

The world's slums are overcrowded, unhealthy - and increasingly seen as resourceful communities that can offer lessons to modern cities. - The Boston Globe | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
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Picture quiz – do you know your world cities?

Picture quiz – do you know your world cities? | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Some city skylines are so iconic they are instantly recognisable.

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harish magan's comment, September 10, 2013 7:09 AM
It is very interesting to explore new cities and their sky views
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:41 PM

After taking this quiz I realized I could not really identify most of these cities. I could tell some of them were European from the look of the buildings. I also thought a few more were cities in the United States but there was only Dallas. In my opinion these cities are even more spectacular than some of our major cities. 

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is this ularu ?

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City's £14m plan for empty homes

City's £14m plan for empty homes | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Hundreds of empty houses are to be brought back into use in Liverpool with £14m of government funding.
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How to power the urban revolution

How to power the urban revolution | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Our swelling cities consume enormous amounts of energy and generate over 80% of global carbon emissions. We need to make them more self-sufficient, but how?
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Urban noise 'reduces bird diversity'

Urban noise 'reduces bird diversity' | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
The rising level of urban noise may be preventing some species of songbirds from setting up home in developed areas, a study suggests.
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Why have the white British left London?

Why have the white British left London? | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Something quite remarkable happened in London in the first decade of the new millennium. The number of white British people in the capital fell by 620,000 - equivalent to the entire population of Glasgow moving out.
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Should we build streets in the sky?

Should we build streets in the sky? | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
In a new series, BBC News looks at the continuing appeal of the skyscraper.
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Rebel Architecture - Greening the city - YouTube

Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam's choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.

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Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities

Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion inhabitants lived…

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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, February 26, 5:39 PM

Interesting article about the demographic shift to urban environments - megacities

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In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it

A case study in urban renewal.


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A case study in urban renewal from Aguascalientes!

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The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Cities are the laboratories where the most innovative ideas for surviving in the future can be tested. These 10from New York to Tokyo to Bogotawere...
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Have big cities in Mexico succeeded in meeting people’s needs? | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Have big cities in Mexico succeeded in meeting people’s needs? | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
In 2012, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad AC, IMCO) published an analysis of the competitiveness of 77 of

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Sustainable cities: innovative urban planning in Singapore

Sustainable cities: innovative urban planning in Singapore | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
As competition for resources increases and urban populations expand, Singapore is embracing sustainable development. Other cities must follow suit, argues Flemmich Webb
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"measures and projects are implemented to ensure Singapore grows to be a sustainable city"

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Has 'smart' Songdo been a success?

Has 'smart' Songdo been a success? | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Songdo, built from scratch on reclaimed land near Seoul, is often described as the world's first smart city but has it been a success?
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The unbearable sadness of the valleys

The unbearable sadness of the valleys | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Many parts of the UK have suffered from the decline of heavy industry, but the Welsh valleys are a grim emblem of the despair that lack of work can create, writes Mark Easton for The Editors, a programme which sets out to ask challenging questions.
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Anfield regeneration plan revealed

Anfield regeneration plan revealed | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
A £260m proposal to regenerate Anfield, which will see the expansion of Liverpool FC's stadium and an avenue created through Stanley Park, are revealed.
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Come on IBer's what do you think? Will this help that "pocket" of deprivation you identified? How? Why? 

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Smart cites: Sustainable solutions for urban living

Smart cites: Sustainable solutions for urban living | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
The urban revolution is not just remarkable in scale, but also in the way cities are evolving. Buildings and systems are now responding to our shifting needs.
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China acknowledges 'cancer villages'

China acknowledges 'cancer villages' | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
China's environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called "cancer villages", after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas.
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Cities 'make it hard to concentrate'

Cities 'make it hard to concentrate' | IB Part 2: Urban Environments | Scoop.it
Living in a city makes it more difficult for people to focus attention, while countryside can folk can concentrate better, research suggests.
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