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'Cairo has started to become ugly': why Egypt is building a new capital city

Billboards promising another way of life have long clustered alongside the clogged highways of central Cairo. Advertisements for gated housing developments called “Regent’s Park”, “Beta Greens” or “Uptown” promise “360-degree greenery” and open spaces. One, on a busy and polluted central road, …

Urban Design

China's radical plan to limit the populations of Beijing and Shanghai

Two Chinese megacities implemented population caps last year – and official data shows the policy might already be having an effect<p>In the weaving alleys of Shanghai’s Laoximen district, swathes of residential buildings sit empty. The historic area in the heart of the city is being slowly …

Urban Design

Is the way we think about overpopulation racist?

Half the world lives in urban areas, yet environmental concerns about megacities often focus on developing economies. But consumption is as important as population<p>It is just 50 years since the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb galvanised the global discussion on overpopulation. …

Urbanization

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?

Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain<p>The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded by a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to …

Geography

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists

The number of tiny plastic pieces polluting the world’s oceans is vastly greater than thought, new research indicates.<p>The work reveals the highest microplastic pollution yet discovered anywhere in the world in a river near Manchester in the UK. It also shows that the major floods in the area in …

Pollution

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

Global Warming

The crane mutiny: how Sydney's apartment boom spun out of control

Building apartments along transport routes in Sydney was meant to create a more sustainable city. But only developers seem happy with the results<p>Across the road, a giant crane has been working on a new block of apartments on the site of a former service station. Another is going up down the road, …

Urban Design

How did half of the great Florida coral reef system disappear?

The great Florida coral reef system stretches hundreds of miles down the eastern seaboard of the US. It is the world’s third largest, and nearly 1,400 species of plants and animals and 500 species of fish have been recorded there.<p>But last year marine scientists found nearly half the reef was …

Climate Change

US government climate report looks at how the oceans are buffering climate change

In the recently released US Global Change Research Program Report, one of the chapters I was most interested in was about the changes we’ve observed in the world’s oceans. The oceans are really the key to the climate change issue, whether that be in quantifying how fast it’s happening or how much …

Climate Change

China's Shanghai sets population at 25 million to avoid ‘big city disease’

China’s financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage “big city disease”, authorities have said.<p>The State Council said on its website late on Monday the goal to control the size of the city was part of Shanghai’s masterplan for …

China

New lab-bred super corals could help avert global reef wipeout

New super corals bred by scientists to resist global warming could be tested on the Great Barrier Reef within a year as part of a global research effort to accelerate evolution and save the “rainforests of the seas” from extinction.<p>Researchers are getting promising early results from cross-breeding …

Great Barrier Reef

The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe.<p>Jerson Kelman, president of water company Sabesp, told Guardian Cities he felt a …

São Paulo

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day<p>A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 …

Pollution

Loosen Britain’s green belt. It is stunting our young people

Where I grew up, on the Essex fringe of London, there’s a street that was never finished. The numbering of Goodwood Avenue, Hornchurch, begins at around 350 but before it reaches 200 the road just stops. Beyond, there’s nothing but marshy fields stretching out to the Thames, four miles away.<p>This …

Housing

The oat milk invasion: how off-licences became the frontline of gentrification

The first thing you see when you walk into Hackney Food Center on Well Street, London, is a large display of oat milk.<p>Amid the tobacco, cheesy Wotsits and Haribo sweets you expect to find in London’s innumerable corner shops, this new addition seems rather odd. But the shop’s owner, Kenan Yildrim, …

Siblings

Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

Scientists have long known about the anomalous “warming hole” in the North Atlantic Ocean, an area immune to warming of Earth’s oceans. This cool zone in the North Atlantic Ocean appears to be associated with a slowdown in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), one of the key …

Global Warming

Where is the world's most walkable city?

For decades the simple act of walking was largely overlooked by city planners but, no matter how you choose to get around your city, the chances are that you are a pedestrian at some point during the day.<p>Recently, some cities have made great strides: from the ambitious public squares programmes of …

Urbanism

One of world's largest marine parks created off coast of Easter Island

One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island.<p>The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction.<p>An astonishing 77% of …

Conservation

Houston’s ‘Wild West’ growth

<i>This article has been optimized for offline reading on Washington Post apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version here. An Internet connection is required.</i><p>Houston calls itself “the city with no limits” to convey the promise of boundless opportunity. But it also is the largest U.S. …

Extreme Weather

As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?

First came the dire warnings of Hurricane Harvey, then the terrible scenes as the skies opened, whole neighbourhoods drowned and motorways became rivers. Now, as the waters subside and the full extent of the damage is assessed, come the voices of distraught people who have lost everything and the …

Climate Change

MAAP #65: Hotspots de Deforestación del 2017, en la Amazonía Peruana

Imagen 65. Datos: MINAM/PNCB, UMD/GLAD, SERNANP, MAAP<p>En el reporte anterior MAAP #40, destacamos la gran utilidad de combinar las alertas tempranas …

London should lead in showing electric cars will not tackle air pollution

With more and more of the world’s population living in cities, we need to get urban transport right. That means making sure that people and goods can move around easily and cheaply. It also means ensuring that city transport systems don’t damage people’s health, as diesel and to a lesser extent …

Urbanization

London’s exodus offers a stark warning to other UK cities: your culture is at risk

For the first time in half a decade, more people are leaving London than are moving to it. Net migration away from the capital has exceeded 80,000 people a year. So why are people leaving the city? And does it really matter?<p>A lack of affordable, spacious and good-quality housing has of course been …

Housing

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms …

Agriculture

Hipster-bashing in California: angry residents fight back against gentrification

In a state where house prices are twice the US average, artists and developers are feeling the ire of a growing movement to ‘defend our homes and our culture’<p>Half a century after the summer of love and hippie harmony, California is experiencing a summer of loathing and hipster-bashing.<p>Not just …

San Francisco

Legacy, what legacy? Five years on the London Olympic park battle still rages

The summer of 2012 was the culmination of a polarising seven years. Swaths of the media, the sporting fraternity and politicians of all stripes celebrated the coming regeneration of the forgotten East End due to the planned Olympic Games. Meanwhile, academics, urbanists and local activists bemoaned …

Housing

Sustainable British cod on the menu after stocks recover

A recovery from near total collapse has led North Sea cod stocks to be labelled as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council for the first time in 20 years<p>Fish and chip lovers can now enjoy North Sea cod with a clear conscience, after the fishery was awarded sustainable status by the Marine …

Aquaculture

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

JOAL, Senegal — Once upon a time, the seas teemed with mackerel, squid and sardines, and life was good. But now, on opposite sides of the globe, sun-creased fishermen lament as they reel in their nearly empty nets.<p>“Your net would be so full of fish, you could barely heave it onto the boat,” said …

China

The final bar? How gentrification threatens America's music cities

At a Sixth Street bar in the heart of Austin, Texas a pop up version of Seb’s jazz club from the Hollywood hit film La La Land is being set up – its blue letters yet to be switched on. Nearby, a replica of Breaking Bad’s Los Pollos Hermanos fast food restaurant has appeared, causing a minor Twitter …

Music