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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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You Are to Blame for Gentrification

You Are to Blame for Gentrification | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The team behind new film 'A Moving Image' share their experiences of a disappearing South London.
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How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge | Benjamin Barber

How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge | Benjamin Barber | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming
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Endless cities: will China's new urbanisation just mean more sprawl?

Endless cities: will China's new urbanisation just mean more sprawl? | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The announcement that new megacity Xiongan will be built near Beijing is the latest attempt to take pressure off China’s biggest metropolises. Can it work?
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Lagos slums are being razed to make way for luxury properties. That’s Nigeria | Remi Adekoya

Lagos slums are being razed to make way for luxury properties. That’s Nigeria | Remi Adekoya | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The poor are relentlessly subjugated while the ruling class inhabits a world of privilege. It is not only morally wrong, it’s economically unsustainable
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How Silicon Valley Can Conquer Sprawl

How Silicon Valley Can Conquer Sprawl | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The Bay Area’s knowledge jobs are dispersed across a vast, car-choked landscape of suburban office parks. And that’s the way the industry likes it.
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The very edge of a city: Mexico City's deepest hinterlands – in pictures

The very edge of a city: Mexico City's deepest hinterlands – in pictures | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Feike de Jong walked the entire perimeter of one of the biggest cities in the world, to capture the strange scenery of the fringes of Mexico’s capital
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Where is the world's most sprawling city?

Where is the world's most sprawling city? | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends … this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources. Los Angeles is infamously sprawling but is it the worst offender?
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Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
In the Pearl River Delta, breakneck development is colliding with the effects of climate change.
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More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Government policy and a shift westward have fed the staggering scale of China’s urban ambitions – 119 cities as big as Liverpool, and likely double that by 2025
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Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it

"A host of environmental factors are threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point."


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Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

Danielle Yen's curator insight, March 3, 8:45 AM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

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Paint it grey: the controversial plan to 'beautify' São Paulo

Paint it grey: the controversial plan to 'beautify' São Paulo | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
As part of an effort to ‘clean up’ Brazil’s biggest city, mayor João Doria has been down on his knees, spraying grey paint over beloved street art. Locals are furious
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The Runaway Commutes of Mexico City

The Runaway Commutes of Mexico City | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Every day, workers across the region endure some of the world’s most crowded streets and subway cars for higher wages in the city center.
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Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good

Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research
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The women and men who clean London at night

The women and men who clean London at night | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
As others head home, a community of cleaners start work in insecure jobs that often leave them vulnerable to abuse.
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Fatal attraction: The link between pollution and heart disease | The Economist

Fatal attraction: The link between pollution and heart disease | The Economist | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
WHY air pollution causes lung disease is obvious. Why it also causes heart disease is, though, a conundrum. One suggestion is that tiny particles of soot migrate through the lungs, into the bloodstream and thence to the walls of blood vessels, where they cause damage. Until now, this has remained hypothetical.
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How to Build 'Urbanism for All'

How to Build 'Urbanism for All' | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Cities are at the heart of the inequality that divides the nation. They’re also the key to the solution.
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The Runaway Commutes of Mexico City

The Runaway Commutes of Mexico City | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Every day, workers across the region endure some of the world’s most crowded streets and subway cars for higher wages in the city center.
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Tracking the Incredible Gentrification of New York City

Tracking the Incredible Gentrification of New York City | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
A new report from the New York City Comptroller’s office compares economic and demographic profiles at the neighborhood level in the Big Apple from 2000 and 2015.
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Mayor to subsidise 'naked' homes solution to London housing crisis

Mayor to subsidise 'naked' homes solution to London housing crisis | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Sadiq Khan adds weight to scheme to construct spartan apartments that will sell for up to 40% less than usual new-builds
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Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution

Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Exclusive: 59% of the population live in towns and cities where diesel pollution risks damaging health, new data from the Labour party shows
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Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
The days of easy growth in the world’s cities are over, and how they respond to demographic shifts will influence their prosperity.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 14, 3:54 PM

Some cities throughout Africa and Asia have experienced spectacular growth.  Europe, on the other isn't see the same level of growth and is even experiencing urban decline in a few regions. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What patterns do you see in these maps?  What cultural, demographic and economic factors explain some of the regional patterns in these maps?        

 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 13, 11:00 AM
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Has Boyle Heights Figured Out How To Stop Gentrification?

Has Boyle Heights Figured Out How To Stop Gentrification? | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
In East L.A.’s Boyle Heights, an art gallery closes, and a group of activists and residents claim a victory in their battle against encroaching development.
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One day in the life of San Francisco Bay – mapped

One day in the life of San Francisco Bay – mapped | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
How do ships safely navigate the San Francisco Bay? In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka gives a guided tour of the Bay’s marine traffic, tracks trees in major cities, and maps the US based on the flow of its commuters
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Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed

Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
We’ve broken down the data on dangerous PM2.5 particles, and listed them region by region – to reveal the cities with the worst air in Europe, the US, Africa, Asia and more
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How Urban Renewal Battled 'Waste' While Creating More of It

How Urban Renewal Battled 'Waste' While Creating More of It | IB GEOGRAPHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS LANCASTER | Scoop.it
Through large-scale demolition and clearance, American urban renewal waged a war on perceived waste—and created a new tide of it.
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