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Are Megacities the New World Order?

This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?

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Against the Grain: Expanding Rural Health Care in a Climate of Closure

Compared to their urban counterparts, residents of rural areas are older and sicker. While the average resident of a major city can expect to live to 79.1 years of age, the average rural resident will live for 2.4 years less, a disparity that has only widened over time.

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Inaction on Climate Change Leaves Millions of Pensions at Risk Worldwide

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the mission of which is to shield the owners of assets such as securities, stocks and bonds from climate change risks, recently released its Global Climate 500 index. And for those who believe climate change poses risks to investors’ portfolios, the results are not pretty.

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Partnerships and Policy: Shaping the Future of Water Together

For decades, water scarcity was fiercely debated; today, we recognize it as an unfortunate and permanent reality. Advancing policy, technology and collaboration are the only ways to build a more sustainable and secure water future.

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Mobility in a Net-Zero World

Prominent thought leaders discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and mobility in a net-zero world.

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.

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Toward Stewardship of Civil Public Discourse

The essence of good citizenship is a civil public discourse. Unless we all participate as stewards of this public discourse, the continuing degradation of this domain threatens the peace and stability of our society.

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A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step in and fill the gaps. REI Adventures provides a case study on public-private partnership in the wake of disaster.

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The Social Safety Net, Income and U.S. Life Expectancy

Evidence has long correlated income and life expectancy. But new research suggests that simply living in an area with access to quality health care, food and housing can help boost length of life for even the poorest citizens.