EARTH DAY: OUR URBANIZING GLOBE
Our blog examines the globe's grand urbanization and what it means for humans, industry, and the planet. Right now, half of the world lives in urban areas; by 2050 it will be 70 percent. Kourtnii S. Brown looks at "biophilic cities" which emulate nature's patterns and strategies: "the idea is that nature, innovative by necessity, is able to innately adapt and respond to shocks – and that animals, plants, and microbes can act as expert engineers providing city planners with ecological solutions to urban development challenges." From Dhaka, Syed Al-Muti explores Bangladesh's inspiring move to clean up the leather industry, while Lisa Hook examines the growth of the apparel industry in Vietnam. From Kabul, Abdullah Ahmadzai writes on Afghanistan's stunning elections. Read more.