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Decline in insect numbers may have catastrophic effect on planet

A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40 percent of species are undergoing dramatic rates of decline around the world, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems."

A clever response to rising sea levels and increased urbanization

With 70 percent of the world's population forecast to be living in urbanized areas by 2050 and the added fact that 90 percent of the world's largest cities are located along coastlines, we are forced to reimagine our future.

Sand mining — A global resource that is becoming scarce

If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel.

Spread of urban centers over 6,000 years mapped by researchers

An interesting new study has mapped the growth of cities and urban centers worldwide, from 3700 BC, and the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia, to 2000 AD. The results of the study may tell us something useful about shifts in urbanization today.

African vulture populations declining at alarming rate

After experiencing an alarmingly swift decline over the past several decades, six species of African vultures are now likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Homeless take over abandoned houses in Spanish building complex

Bollullos Par Del Condado - Around 60 homeless families have taken over an unfinished housing complex in southern Spain. While they have no water or electricity, they at least have a roof over their heads.
 

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From natural disasters to man-made disasters  they do impact on urbanization.
From natural disasters to man-made disasters, they do impact on urbanization.
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Mumbai is the most populous city in India  and the fourth most populous city in the world  with a to...
Mumbai is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 23.9 million.
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Cities recording the earliest first population data point are pictured in red and are centered near ...
Cities recording the earliest first population data point are pictured in red and are centered near Mesopotamia, while cities with the most recent first population data point are pictured in dark blue.
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Mesopotamia  the  cradle of civilization   was located in what is now called Iraq  in an area known ...
Mesopotamia, the "cradle of civilization," was located in what is now called Iraq, in an area known as the fertile crescent.
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