Hong Kong Temperatures to Rise by 2-3 Degrees Celsius in 30 Years

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The temperature in the inner urban areas of Honk Kong, China, is predicted to rise by two to three degrees Celsius in the next 30 years, according to researchers at the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

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Changes in the Andes Cause Flood Risks for South American Cities

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At more than 11,000 feet above sea level, very important ecosystems known as páramos exist. These kinds of ecosystems are only found in Central and South America and resemble a sort of alpine archipelago, each a link between distinct island ecosystems that exist nowhere else on the planet.

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Ecologists Explore Interactions of People, Buildings, Wildlife & Pollution

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Most cities brew up a blend of gases that covers the urban area like a dome. The top of most buildings can sit outside or inside this metropolitan atmosphere, depending on the weather. Ecologists are sampling sites around Boston in order to compare levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, and water vapor.

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The Health Challenges of the Growing Class of Megacities

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Tokyo is the world’s biggest megacity at a population of over 35,000,000. Image via Wikipedia.

Megacities are usually defined by a total population in excess of 10 million, with an additional component of population density. Rapid urbanization will take a heavy toll on the infrastructure of local governments, if city planners don’t incorporate ways to tackle air pollution.

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Projections of Urban Growth Highlight at Risk Areas

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Forecasts of different regions’ likelihood of urban expansion could be used to direct conservation efforts

Researchers are trying to make detailed predictions about how urban areas are likely to grow in order to forecast how the next few decades of urbanization will affect biodiversity.

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Exposing 8,000 Years of Civilization with Satellites

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Analysis of the locations of ancient settlements can reveal the many connections between them.

Hidden beneath mounds of Earth, in the fertile crescent of the Middle East, lie overlooked networks of small settlements that date back millennia. Archaeologists are now probing these mounds to find out more about early human settlements.

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