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China

The most astonishing and predictable trend in economics just got more astonishing and predictable

By the time you read this you will probably (hopefully) have finished all of your Christmas gift shopping, so you will already know at some instinctual level that online shopping once again took a sizeable chunk of all retail activity.<p>But it is not until you see this chart of spending activity on …

Economics
China

15,000 scientists warn of human misery and catastrophe in depleted planet

Global warming, deforestation and spiralling population puts earth in great peril.<p>The well-being of people around the world will be seriously …

Corruption

These mega-projects will transform the world's greatest cities by 2030

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.<p>To …

Singapore to halt car population growth from next year

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO - People look at cars on display at a mall in Singapore<p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore, one of the world's most expensive …

Cities With the Highest Poverty Rates

Over half a century has passed since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty -- with the stated goal of eradicating and preventing serious …

8 signs Japan has become a 'demographic time bomb'

Japan is dealing with what economists call a "demographic time bomb."<p>Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the …

Geography

The global megacity boom

As of 1975, there were three metro areas with at least 10 million people — Tokyo, New York and Mexico City. A list of the 10 largest cities at that …

Mega Cities

ANIMATION: The demographic future of the world's 10 biggest countries

China and India may have similar populations today, but they have very different demographic destinies.<p>While China should see its population fall in the coming decades, India projects to be the most populous country in 2050 by a long shot. By that time, India will have up to 1.7 billion people - …

Geography

Catalonia and Wales: Two nations with different but linked stories

Over the next days, the role of Catalonia's regional police may prove crucial in determining whether the independence referendum in Spain's proud …

Africa: Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?

The e-waste dump Agbogbloshie in Ghana, West Africa.<p>Rome — Each year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as …

Pollution