Urbanization

Feature: Xi's campaign to draw people back to greying rural China faces uphill battle

SHUANGFENG COUNTY, China (Reuters) - Liu Deke, 73, puffed away on a roll-up as he threshed stalks of dried rapeseed on a large canvas sheet. Nearby, plumes of billowy smoke from burning stalks drifted across the rice fields.<p>It was a normal day's work for Liu and his wife, farmers in Dongfeng …

China

New York City isn't even on the list of the projected 20 most-populated cities in 2100

Throughout the course of human history, the biggest cities have always seemed impossibly large.<p>For many millennia, it was almost unfathomable for a city to sustain more than 1 million residents. In fact, it wasn't until the 19th century that the largest cities globally, such as London and Beijing, …

Mega Cities

Tata Capital appoints Anil Kaul as Managing Director

Growth of the real estate sector is driven by favourable demographics, urbanisation and rising income levels, Rajiv Sabharwal, CEO Managing Director, …

Tata

Trevor Manuel: land issue makes SA a tough sell for Ramaphosa's investment envoys

Trevor Manuel, the former finance minister and one of four investment envoys appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to sell SA to investors, said on …

Business (South Africa)

These Countries Generate The Most Daily Garbage

Municipal solid waste is more commonly known as the trash, or garbage, discarded daily by the public. After the United States and China, the world's …

Research Papers

In global shift from oil & gas to solar & wind, Shell eyes the Sky

Energy giant builds a system scenario to achieve Paris climate goals

Business (India)

Renewables revolution still needs public funding push

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>The diffusion of clean technology such as wind …

Private Sector

A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

"The Acropolis? It's that way." Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of …

European Travel

Google boils down water data for new U.N. environment site

Google will produce geospatial maps to show where water has disappeared due to climate change and urbanisation<p>By Sophie Hares<p>TEPIC, Mexico, July 17 …

Human Geography

A tank’s tussle with hygiene

Located 20 minutes away from Madurai city is Oomachikulam, an area part of Chettikulam village panchayat and soon-to-be end of the district’s first …

Human Geography

Eating ourselves and the planet to death

HIGHLY processed foods including confectionery, savoury snacks, processed meats and soft drinks now dominate the food supply of high- and …

Asia

All new HDB projects to feature nature-centric designs

SINGAPORE: Residents of new public housing projects launched from July onwards will live in more nature-centric neighbourhoods, with greenery to …

Habitats

Are young people going cool on cars?

<b>Could you live without a car?</b><p>Reya El-Salahi from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she's been fine.<p>Lil Boyer from Dorset says she can't use rural buses because they are "rubbish" - but she's embarrassed to drive so much.<p>They are …

Chemical Engineering

Stuck in traffic, Indians are desperate for self-driving cars

Frustrated with the mind-numbing traffic, Indians just can’t wait for autonomous cars.<p>Out of 28 countries surveyed recently by market research firm Ipsos, Indians are the most desperate to lay their hands on self-driving cars. Close to 50% said they wanted these automobiles.<p>The survey covered over …

Technology (India)

Superimpose's Factory Conversion Paves the Way for Sensitive Regeneration in China

A Hong Kong-based architecture firm has managed to convince government officials to save a historic industrial building from demolition in a project …

Human Geography

Inside the Beijing 'office' inhabited by human guinea pigs

In the fake offices and homes of the Well Living Lab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive<p>To outsiders, the workers in this under-construction office on the northern outskirts of Beijing will look like a normal group of employees – but the …

Mayo Clinic

Nigeria:Crash Cement Prices to Reduce Housing Deficits - Govt

[This Day] Sokoto -The federal government yesterday tasked the giant cement manufacturers-BUA Group and Dangote, to crash the price of cement further …

Africa

Extreme heat could soon make some cities unlivable, especially for the poor

NEW DELHI – On a sweltering Wednesday in June, a rail-thin woman named Rehmati gripped the doctor’s table with both hands. She could hardly hold …

Climate Change

Success of Sustainable Development Goals depends entirely on India: Puri

The success of the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders to achieve a healthy, equitable and peaceful world, will …

India

A pan-African real estate firm hopes London listing will boost expansion plans across the continent

A leading African real estate investment firm announced its plan to float on the London Stock Exchange today, as it hopes to raise $120m (£90m) in a …

Real Estate

IKEA and NASA Create An Out Of This World Range

<b>The Swedish furniture giant has teamed up with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a futuristic collab set to launch in 2020.</b><p>IKEA …

Small Spaces

House prices stifling productivity, hurting economy, ANZ economists say

High prices might stop people moving cities for work.<p>New Zealand's high house prices may be keeping a lid on New Zealand's productivity.<p>In their …

New Zealand

Empathy cannot be a substitute for prudence in agricultural policy | analysis

Speaking in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, on the anniversary of last year’s police firing on protesting farmers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised …

Agriculture

Property speculation on city fringe hits food growers, report finds

Melbourne grew enough food to meet 41 per cent of its needs, the report by Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen found.<p>But with …

Agriculture

China's Belt And Road: An Ambitious Vision For Development

<i>By Iris Pang, Economist, Greater China</i><p><i>China’s cooperation and connectivity plan will drive huge infrastructure investment across a large swathe of</i> …

Economic Development

Casablanca residents rally to save the city from rubbish

<b>While Casablanca is the economic and industrial heart of Morocco, it is also one of the most polluted cities in the kingdom. Recently, residents have taken to Facebook to raise awareness about the issue through the groups “Save Casablanca” and “Action Casa”. On these pages, residents report the</b> …

Social Media

The ascent of Artificial Intelligence: How will AI change the nation-state?

By Prerna SharmaDo machines make mistake? How often and at what cost? When can we truly trust machines? From SIRI to self-driving cars, Google’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Are We Obsessed With Hima Das’ and PV Sindhu’s Caste?

The moment you type Hima Das on Google, the second search recommendation is ‘Hima Das caste’, followed by ‘Hima Das athlete’, ‘Hima Das interview’, …

India

Commentary: Too much or too little water can be a headache. Just ask China

Issues concerning water are raising tensions between provinces in the world's most populous country, and between China and its neighbours, says one …

China

Academic view: What "sustainability" means in an MBA curriculum | Which MBA? | The Economist

Stuart Robinson <i>of the</i> <i>University of Exeter Business School</i> <i>explains how an</i> <i>MBA curriculum can equip students with the skills and knowledge to implement</i> …

Sustainability