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London's new underground

Geographical heads beneath the surface to see how the Crossrail project is adding to London's historic subterranean transport network
The real homelessness problem may be in the North and not London, but much depends on definitions

Battle in Seattle

America’s most eco-conscious city rejects plans to host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

The African Manhattan

Construction has begun on South Africa’s brand new £500million, 1,600-hectare city, but some are expressing fear over a growing ‘Chinese incursion’ into the region

Clearing the way

Seven million passengers in a city with 21 million inhabitants means constant gridlock for Lagos and more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s total greenhouse gas emissions
The next country to jump on the smart city bandwagon could be Mongolia, with plans for a new eco-metropolis near Ulaanbaatar. However, critics argue that it is little more than a project designed by Germans architects for Chinese investors
There are 225 gangs operating in London. But organised crime isn’t as organised as people think

Behind the brew

Four years ago, there were 95 breweries in New York. Today, following careful cultivation by the state government, there are over 200
Megacities across the world are resource hungry, but not all consume at the same rate

Manila: clean and green

The rivers in the Philippine capital long held a reputation for their levels of pollution. Paul Miles reports on a natural solution originating in Scotland, that has seen the waterways undergo a dramatic change for the better

Nature takes off

 Singapore is building an airport where indoor trees, waterfalls and a ‘rain vortex’ sit alongside check-in queues, transit lounges and baggage carousels

A greener gotham

A plan to prepare the Big Apple for future climate change is proposing a green revolution for the city, but fears over public involvement remain.

New lives for nomads

As Genghis Khan once said, ‘Conquering the world on horseback is easy. It is dismounting and governing that is hard’
African and Asian coastal megacities are at the highest risk from a global rise in sea level, says a new report
Chennai’s £2.6billion metro system is among India’s most expensive megaprojects, but a scheduled opening this month has been delayed
Many major cities around the world are set to face severe water problems over the coming decades, but Singapore – the perennial resource underdog – leads the way in urban water management

Sailing the earth

It came from the 1970s, and it’s found out on New Mexico’s high desert mesa. This unusual home is an ‘Earthship’, designed by architect Michael Reynolds as the ultimate in off grid living
Brazil possesses 12 per cent of the world’s freshwater, and yet São Paulo – the biggest and richest city in South America – is suffering from severe drought with deforestation getting the blame

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