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These 10 Asian cities are the most prepared for the future

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Robert Muggah and Parag Khanna
A view of Tokyo, one of Asia's best-prepared cities. --Image: REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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The planet is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed, generating enormous social, economic and climatic stress. If sustainable urbanization is one of the paramount challenges of the 21st century, then Asia is ground zero for determining whether humanity can succeed. Just under half of all Asians live in cities, compared to roughly 82% of Americans and 74% of Europeans. ... Read more about These 10 Asian cities are the most prepared for the future

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World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

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Thin Lei Win
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ROME, July 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A third of the world's oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday. ... Read more about World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

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George Dvorsky
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For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more. And it’s still growing. ... Read more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

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Europe’s half a million landfill sites potentially worth a fortune

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Joshua Jacobs
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Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat. 

2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over the hopelessness of life in areas they reside.

Consider this. Every 24 hours, nearly 33,000 youth across Africa join the search for employment. About 60% will be joining the army of the unemployed. ... Read more about Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said. ... Read more about UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come

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NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
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GENEVA — Thailand’s Khao Lak coast 10 years ago was a wasteland of palm beaches littered with the detritus of destroyed hotels and corpses blackened by the tropical sun.

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, will be in Khao Lak on Friday for the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a message: “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before. There will be no letup in the coming decades.” ... Read more about U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come

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India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon.

India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes.

But whereas deaths linked to air pollution in China have steadied in recent years, the rate has soared in India where smog readings in major cities routinely eclipse safe exposure levels. ... Read more about India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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