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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
If reports are to be believed, Sana’a, and other cities in Yemen, will soon be the first in the world to run out of water. Can this crisis be averted?

Unseen London

A look at the capital’s hidden buildings

Island of the Aztecs

A man-made island in western Mexico lays claim to a legendary history

Unknown Baghdad

Geographical selects neglected episodes from a distinguished city
Our metropolises are becoming highly networked and technologically advanced urban hubs. How should we react to the rise of the smart city?
For the past six years, Abu Dhabi has been building what it hopes will be the world’s leading eco-city – Masdar City. But questions are being asked as to just who these types of man-made habitats are actually for

This is the way to Amarilla

A second line on the world’s biggest urban cable car network, known as the Línea Amarilla (‘yellow line’), has opened in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz
Rapidly climbing levels of obesity across China are being blamed on bad urban design that encourages car usage over walking
A new report has confirmed worldwide urban agriculture now totals 456 million hectares and shows an increase in food being both grown and consumed within cities
UK youth unemployment has fallen again, but October’s figures still remain above pre-recession levels, according to the latest labour market figures
A new report shows the geography behind fast food, diabetes and ethnicity in the UK
Just a few kilometres from the congested downtown of a city whose choking traffic fumes have seen it dubbed the Big Smoke sits a strange anomaly, a dark, placid, fecund place existing in a world of noise, light and chaos

Urban ecosystems found

New research from the US has shed light on ecosystems that exist in urban areas and explain how interactions between humans, geology, chemistry and biology contributed toward urban ecosystems that are particularly sensitive to mismanagement

Growing pains

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this felt more keenly than in the world’s megacities – urban sprawls that each house over ten million people. But such growth brings with it a host of problems

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