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chinaLighting up a megacity at night will lead to night solar farm lighting

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Chengdu plans to launch in 2020 a mirror satellite to create dusk lighting at night. The satellite will appear to be 8 times a full moon. They believe this will remove the need for most street lighting which will save …

citiesWorld is adding two Tokyo metro areas of city population every year

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The World is urbanizing at 1.46 million people per week. In 2018 about 55% of the world’s population is living in cities. 87% of this urbanization is happening in Asia and Africa. 63% is in Asia. Asia is adding 920,000 …

artificial intelligenceChina plan to win AI with lots of money, data and easy regulations

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China wants to integrate four areas for stronger AI. China will use abundant data, hungry entrepreneurs, many AI scientists, and AI-friendly policy. 29 U.S. states have enacted their own laws regulating autonomous vehicles. And governors in 10 states have issued …

citiesUrban 21st century and Megaurban 22nd century

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The World became 50% urban in 2007. The global urban population increased from a mere 13% in 1900 to 29% in 1950. In 1960 the world was one-third urban. The world will have gone from 55% urban now to 68% …

chinaHong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge opens next month for less than one hour commutes

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The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HKZMB) is a 24-mile long bridge–tunnel system which is set to open in October of this year. It consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as 3 artificial islands. …

citiesWorld wealth, people and cities in 2050-2060

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How will the world be different in the 2050-2060 timeframe in terms of wealth and people? The wealth will double over the next forty years. This will be like the average moving from Romania to Czech Republic. Asia will get …

chinaChina’s future of huge urban areas and dominant ecommerce

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China’s first quarter 2018 retail sales were 10% more than the US level. China was at $1.436 trillion and the US was at $1.306 trillion. China’s overall retail is growing at 9% per year or double the US rate. China’s …

agricultureWater management is complex and dynamic and requires better understanding and measurement

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Crop irrigation uses 70% of global fresh water extractions. Irrigated crops make up 40% of globally available food calories. Advanced technologies that could provide irrigation efficiency (IE) are funded and supported to improve the crop per drop. This provides private …

citiesChina’s Casino City Macau will have highest per capita GDP in 2020

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The IMF’s World Economic Outlook Update predicts Macau will behave the world’s highest per capita GDP of US$143,116 in 2020. Qatar will be second with US$139,151. Qatar has a population of 2.5 million. Macau has a population of 650,000. Macau …

citiesChicago having more total murders than cities of LA and NY combined leads for calls for Mayor to resign

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There was an anti-violence demonstration in Chicago which also called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign. Chicago has had more total murders in 2016, 2017 and 2018 than the combined populations of Los Angeles and Chicago. This is despite having …