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China is building 19 ‘Cluster Super-Cities”

he World has a demand problem, and it is dealing with it all wrong. Rather than allowing itself to be harmed by other countries’ problematic policies, China must work to create its own demand by making full use of its capacity for policy experimentation. Cluster cities are ideal for long-term

Why should cities plant more trees?

rom Athens to Melbourne and Seoul to New York, big cities are increasingly turning to trees to help protect them from heatwaves and floods, and to boost people's physical and mental health, urban officials and environmental experts say.South Korea's capital Seoul recently planted more than 2,000 groves and gardens, and

Circular Economy Explained

The European Union produces more than 2.5 billion tonnes of waste every year. It is currently updating its legislation on waste management to promote a shift to a more sustainable model known as the circular economy. But what exactly does the circular economy mean? And what would be the benefits?   What is the

Bees and beekeepers: European long-term survival strategy

Ban all harmful pesticides Tighten up checks to halt fake honey imports Promote health benefits of honey embers of the European Parliament urge the EU and its member states to invest more in protecting bee health, fighting honey adulteration and supporting beekeepers. The EU needs a wide-ranging, long-term strategy to

Leeuwarden and Valletta – 2018 European Capitals of Culture

rom January 1st, Leeuwarden (Firesland, the Netherlands) and Valletta (Malta) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year. The opening celebrations for Valletta will take place from 14 to 20 January across the city, inspired by the traditional Maltese festa. In Leeuwarden, celebrations will kick off on 26 and 27 January, with

Smart Cities of the Future

ities are the engines of modern society. They power the global economy, consume vast amounts of resources, house the majority of the world’s population, and create much of the pollution and emissions that have scientists concerned about the future. And while big cities consume a lot of resources already – this hardly

Studies on stress

hildren who grow up in high-stress environments may be at higher risk for learning or behavioral trouble, but new research suggests that their skills warrant more attention. Stress-adapted youth may possess traits—such as heightened vigilance, attention shifting, and empathic accuracy—that traditional learning and testing situations don’t tap into. These skills

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