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The Story Behind the Numbers on World Population Day

Purnima Mane | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

While these numbers are still high and have major global impact, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

It's 5 Minutes to Everything! Why I Love the Country Life

Candace Davis | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Candace Davis

I recently moved from one country town to another and I'm happy as a pig in a peach orchard. But when people discover that I actually chose to move here they can't seem to fathom why. Have we lost that sense of pride in being closer to the land, or do we no longer realize how good we've got it?

Why Cities Are Smarter

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.

Innovation Earth: A Rooftop Farm, Coming Soon to Your Supermarket

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

We Americans, living in the land of fast-food drive-throughs and cardboard tomatoes for some time now, are starting to gain an appreciation for high-q...

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Lynne Peeples

Dengue Fever: Another Formidable World Cup Opponent

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

The United States and 31 other counties on Friday learn their opponents for the opening rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next June and July...

Moving Past the Commodity Supercycle: Are We There Yet?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Some analysts are predicting that the commodity price boom of the new millennium as something that has played itself out. Have we entered a phase of descending commodity prices in general?

Growing Pains in Emerging States: What to Make of Mass Demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil?

Steven Feldstein | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Steven Feldstein

While unrest continues in Turkey, new demonstrations exceeding one million are sweeping Brazil. This moment compels us to reassess existing assumptions about the relative strength and ascendance of emerging nations, most of which face fundamental demographic, socio-historical, political and economic challenges.

Abandoning the Rust Belt, Vacating the American Dream (PHOTOS)

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.05.2013 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

Of course it shouldn't be this way. There shouldn't be so much decay. This is America: the land of milk and money. But it is this way, and without national leadership, the housing crisis in the industrial heartland is unlikely to stop.

The Need for 100 New Buffetts, Rockefellers, and Gates'

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Erik Rasmussen

This meeting could signal a new beginning. Currently, the future of the world is stuck in no man's land -- who has the responsibility to find the necessary solutions to the world's growing challenges?

The Digitalization of Cities: Sketching a Future Urban Scenario

Carlo Ratti | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Carlo Ratti

Digitization has a profound effect on cities. Information about urban conditions can be captured in real-time, processed, and fed back into cities, enabling new ways to monitor, understand, and impact them. These transformations are on their way to revolutionize urban life.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

China's Superbank

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The engine that transforms the lives of millions of Chinese citizens like Li Liguan is China Development Bank (CDB). The bank channels capital to key sectors and projects in the world's fastest growing economy -- an essential role in any development state.

Peak Urbanization?

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

In emerging countries, urbanization rates are often used to measure relative stages of economic development. But might we be approaching the limits of the benefits of mass migration from farm to city?

Seizing the Opportunities of Global Urbanization: The New Frontier in America's International Economic Policy

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Robert Hormats

Booming urbanization abroad provides enormous opportunities for American business. Our embassies and consulates, and officials in Washington, are proactively facilitating the commercial outreach efforts of U.S. companies to rapidly growing cities, states and provinces.

Together but Separate: Our Cities of the Future

Melissa A. Simonetti | Posted 05.21.2013 | New York
Melissa A. Simonetti

As an architect, I've lived, worked and traveled to different cities around the country. But as these urban centers change and grow and as I stand witness to it all, I can only wonder: What are our visions for these future cities?

Geoff Cape, Reimagining Cities at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works

Student Reporter | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

Cities everywhere are being forced to reimagine themselves due to variability in population and climate. The way they do so will have massive consequences for our communities and collective ecological resilience.

The Greatest Migration: China's Urbanization

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

The larger story, which can really only be told through numbers, is about how "China's urban population has increased from 180 million people in 1978 to 690 [million] now" and since rural birth rates consistently outpace urban ones, it is specifically a tale of rural to urban migration.

Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

Deborah Gordon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Deborah Gordon

From mass transit options to street design to parking provisions, the shape of cities and their transportation systems will help determine oil consumption patterns for billions of people worldwide.

The Big Burg Theory

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

Megacities create megaproblems. Say "cities" and the negative associations come cascading out: noise, dirt, housing projects, shantytowns, concrete, crowding, crime, drugs, pollution, gridlock, stress, alienation. But they also spur people to figure out megasolutions.

China in 2013: The Confidence Game

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Will the fifth generation of leadership led by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, signal China remains future-focused? Will they make moves to manage intra-Party conflicts of interest that, to date, have precluded meaningful political and economic reform?

Birth Control and Social Marketing: Twin Revolutions

Philip D. Harvey | Posted 12.01.2012 | World
Philip D. Harvey

One important approach to such programming that has greatly helped to spread the word on birth control is the social marketing of contraceptives, with its branded products, ubiquitous distribution, and massive advertising campaigns.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

The Ominous Disappearance of Xi Jinping

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

The mysterious disappearance of China's heir apparent, Xi Jinping, will be unsettling for Chinese citizens and a murky leadership vacuum is the last thing China needs right now.

Utopia, Dystopia, Sitopia

Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York

Outside the dwindling community of farmers, the truth is that people generally don't think about how their food gets to where they first cross paths with it.