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Researchers Use Satellites To Track Smog From Space
2012-11-27 17:16:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As it turns out, measuring pollution from the ground can be a tough task. Smog, in particular, can be hard to track. This thick, dirty cloud is often found over the world´s megacities, with populations over 2 million. Scientists have placed monitoring stations in these cities in an attempt to monitor smog levels, but they aren´t always accurate. The placement of these monitoring stations is crucial, and they...

2012-05-22 23:02:59

In 2010, the world reached a milestone: The number of people living in urban areas reached 50 percent. This monumental shift from rural to urban living comes with consequences. Growing urban populations will have to learn to efficiently deal with increased demands for energy, transportation, sanitation, food and water while balancing the environmental impacts of such densely populated regions. Currently, 75 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels come from cities, which...

2011-06-21 07:30:00

BEIJING, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Care Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MDCE) - In the Pearl River Delta region of Southern China, construction of a six year, $304 billion plan is underway that will combine nearly one hundred fifty major infrastructure projects (including transportation, water, energy and telecommunications networks) into an economic powerhouse with four times the population of New York City. Earlier this year ground was broken on a high speed rail system that...

2011-03-11 14:28:34

With 70 percent of the world's population expected to live within the confines of large cities by the year 2050, urban planners have already begun to consider the strains on infrastructure and the environment. This presents a major challenge to city planners, developers and mayors who gathered this week at March© International des Professionnels d'Immobilier (MIPIM), the world's leading annual real estate event, to better plan for the future of urban areas, AFP is reporting. "The future...

2010-10-12 09:45:00

The growing population of large metropolis areas such as New York and Tokyo--as well as the increased number of so-called "megacities" with populations exceeding 10 million people--will present a serious challenge to global health care workers by 2020, claim experts speaking at the ongoing World Health Summit in Berlin. According to New York University World Cities Project director Victor Rodwin, these megacities, which numbered 19 in 2007, are expected to increase to 27 over the next decade....

2009-08-18 11:05:00

 A scientific trend to view the world's biggest cities as analogous to living, breathing organisms is fostering a deep new understanding of how poor air quality in megacities can harm residents, people living far downwind, and also play a major role in global climate change. That's the conclusion of a report on the "urban metabolism" model of megacities presented here today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).Charles Kolb, Ph.D., reports that the concept...

2006-06-15 18:39:55

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The world's growing number of poor slum dwellers is a ticking time bomb that governments dare not ignore, the United Nations said on Friday. The world will pass a critical point in 2007 when the majority of its 6 billion people will be urbanized, the world body said. One-third of them will be slum dwellers, many trapped in poverty but overlooked by governments and with no prospects of improvement. "When a critical mass of people are in one place,...

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