Oliver Scott

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People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate

More people are leaving the New York region than any other major metropolitan area in the country.<p>More than 1 million people moved out of the New …

Demographics

Sydney's population tops five million, ABS data shows

The Cobbitty-Leppington neighbourhood in the city's south-west led the way, adding 3338 people last financial year. It also had the state's fastest …

Demographics

Whatever Happened to Free Trade?

After World War II, the global economy rose on a wave of trade and finance, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in developing countries and providing rich countries with cheaper goods, lucrative investments and hopes for a more peaceful planet.<p>That tide is now receding.<p>Nine years …

Globalization

This startup is turning waste plastic into the very roads we use every day

Plastic is a problem. It’s a problem that Scottish startup MacRebur is taking on one mile at a time.<p>MacRebur is aiming to challenge three major world …

Tunisia bans disposable plastic shopping bags

<b>In an effort to reduce plastic waste, shoppers will no longer be able to get single-use bags at supermarkets.</b><p>If you happen to be shopping for …

Pollution

Third year of flat global carbon emissions fuels resistance to Paris climate accord

Even without the Paris climate agreement, worldwide carbon dioxide emissions stayed flat last year for the third year in a row as the global economy …

Barack Obama

25 Cities Now Committed to 100% Renewables

Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana are transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy following respective city council votes on …

Renewable Energy

These Cities Out-Earn Entire Countries

Large cities, not countries are the future centres of world power. They will become islands of good governance in a world in which globalisation has …

World Bank

CO2 emissions stay same for third year in row – despite global economy growing

International Energy Agency report puts halt in emissions from energy down to growth in renewable power<p>Carbon dioxide emissions from energy have not increased for three years in a row even as the global economy grew, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.<p>Global emissions from the energy sector …

Fossil Fuels

Here's a map that shows the extreme disparity in population density across the world

That's a pretty extreme example of population density - but here's one that is even more impressive.<p>It's quite simple actually: it compares parts of the most expansive regions (Canada, Russia, non-coastal USA, Greenland, Australia, and others) with a tiny chunk of land that holds close to 400 …

Geography

UK home asking prices rise 1.3% on-month in March, says Rightmove

On an annual basis, this price rise stood at 2.3%.<p>Prices sought by sellers of UK homes rose 1.3% month-on-month in March 2017, according to the …

More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

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<p>The other China week: what it is and how you can be involved Explore our special investigative series here<p>China now has more than 100 …

China

What renting a one-bedroom apartment in 30 popular cities really costs

Millennials so badly want to live in cities that some have resorted to living in vans, shipping containers, and even a crate in someone else's living room to save money on rent.<p>A new report from RENTCafé showing the cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the world's 30 leading financial …

Real Estate

Madrid to ban old cars by 2025 in crackdown on air pollution | Reuters - Firstpost

MADRID Madrid's city government announced plans on Monday to ban the oldest and most polluting vehicles from the city centre by 2025 in a bid to …

EU: renewables made up 16.7 pct of energy mix in 2015

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union statistics show that renewable sources accounted for 16.7 percent of the bloc's energy consumption in 2015, nearly double the share a decade earlier.<p>EU statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that renewable energies' slice of the cake was up from 16.1 percent in 2014. …

European Union

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

UK leads Europe for solar growth despite drop in installations after government cut subsidies<p>The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.<p>New solar photovoltaic capacity installed in 2016 reached more than 76 …

Renewable Energy

Carbon Emissions In The U.K. Are Now As Low As They Were In 1894

The death of the coal industry has brought the country’s pollution levels back to where they were before cars went into mass production.<p>In 2016, for the first time, wind farms in the U.K. generated more electricity than coal. As the coal industry continued its collapse–demand for coal dropped by …

Future - The eerie cities where nobody lives

The world's biggest ghost towns<p>In the last few decades, built-up areas in China have increased nearly fivefold – from 3,413 square miles (8,842 sq km) in 1984 to 16,126 square miles (41,768 sq km) in 2010. To construct these new urban zones, China used more concrete in the three years between 2011 …

China

For Every $1 Spent On Reducing Food Waste, Companies Save $14

To help curb the billions of tons of food discarded across the globe each year, here’s the business case.<p>Compare all the wasted food in the world to the world’s nations, and that pile of food would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world. It would also be roughly the size of …

Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars — here are the 5 most bike-friendly cities in the world

In the US, the average commuter spends 42 hours stuck in traffic every year, according to a report by the Texas Transportation Institute.<p>But US cities aren't even close to the most congested. Navigation company TomTom unsurprisingly ranked Los Angeles the most congested city in the US, which ranks …

Copenhagen

Using Natural Gas to Reduce Energy Poverty

Life without access to energy is simply miserable. The most mundane task, such as heating water to cook rice, can require an entire day’s labor to …

Fossil Fuels

How colonial railroads defined Africa’s economic geography

At the turn of the 19th century, sub-Saharan Africa was the least urbanised region in the world, with only about 50 cities of more than 10,000 …

Geography

From acronyms, to awareness, to action: Getting the UN message across

No poverty, zero hunger, sustainable consumption, reducing inequalities - the UN's 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) have set an ambitious …

Sustainability

Sweden Is Importing Garbage From Other Countries Because It Has Run Out Of Trash To Recycle!

On one side, despite our dear Prime Minister's enthusiastic announcement of <i>Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,</i> we haven't been able to do much about the trash in …

Heathrow aims to make third runway carbon neutral

The huge growth in flights from Heathrow’s planned new runway could be carbon neutral, according to an ambition revealed by the airport.<p>The 260,000 extra flights a year anticipated from the third runway would make the airport the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions. But Heathrow’s new …

Airplanes

Don’t let ‘globalisation’ become a dirty word, Boris Johnson says

The Foreign Secretary has launched a defence of economic globalisation, arguing that opposition to global free markets “makes no economic sense”.<p>In a …

Energy positive: how Denmark's Samsø island switched to zero carbon

Anyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes.<p>Samsø’s transformation from a …

Renewable Energy

Overeating Is Responsible For An Insane 10% Of Global Food Waste

Gluttony: bad for your health, and bad for global hunger.<p>We already know that 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste, mostly because we buy too much and toss it in the trash. But food is also wasted at every stage of the production and supply chain, whether it’s because we feed crops to livestock …

On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes

As bike-sharing in London hits a record high, we explore schemes across the globe<p>This year is the 10th ­anniversary of the world’s first large-scale bike-sharing scheme, the Velib in Paris, whose immediate success – 20 million users in its first year – prompted cities across the world to wheel out …

Cycling

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today's visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

World Economy