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Chile aims to help meet its climate commitments by getting the Santiago Metro system to run mainly on renewable energy
Masdar City was supposed to open to tens of thousands residents this year. So what has happened to the UAE’s beacon of urban sustainability?

Reaching sky high

The world continued surging upwards in 2015, breaking records for the number of new tall buildings built in a single year
Can a vast waterfront development save Jakarta from the many perils of subsidence?
Ostrava is the Czech Republic’s ‘third city’, a former iron town striving to turn its story around by mining its industrial heritage and proximity to Russia for tourist gold

The Bristol Method

Not content with simply being European Green Capital for 2015, Bristol has unleashed a digital toolkit to help educate other cities around the world on urban sustainability and green living

Park life

New York’s latest environmental initiative aims to break open the city’s green spaces
Sarah Gilbert encounters a city once known only for drugs and violence that is being successfully reinvented as a social and artistic haven
Urban design and sustainable infrastructure will play a huge role in building a low-carbon global economy. But cities in one key player – China – have some significant differences to the rest of the world

Urban security

Preparing for a seemingly limitless number of future threats has become a major challenge for the world’s cities, and helping to build resilience into their infrastructure is their ultimate goal
Unchecked pollution from West African cities could harm health, affect food production, and even change the monsoon season warn scientists

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

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