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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

The “People-oriented Cities” series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.

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High-Resolution Satellites Help Monitor and Respond to Fires in Southeast Asia

Today, in Jakarta, WRI, DigitalGlobe, the Indonesian government, Google, Esri, and a host of other partners launched Global Forest Watch Fires, an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia.

It features near real-time satellite images from DigitalGlobe, fire alerts from NASA, a text messaging alert system, mapping of burn scars from Google Earth Engine, wind direction and air quality data, land-use and concession maps, and much more.

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Closing the "Food Gap" Means Renewing the Global Commitment to Crop Breeding

The world is on a path to need almost 70 percent more crops in 2050 than those it produced in 2006. To close that crop gap without large price increases or clearing more valuable forests and savannas, yields are going to have to grow 33 percent more in the next 44 years than they did in the last 44.

Using advances in molecular biology to breed better crops can sustainably secure more of the global food supply.

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To Maracanã and Beyond: World Cup Brings Sustainable Transport Benefits to Brazil

Brazil spent billions of dollars on World Cup infrastructure, and many are understandably questioning the long-term benefits these investments will bring to local communities.

While many of these criticisms are justified, if one looks beyond the shiny new stadiums—namely, to the city streets—a more positive story emerges. World Cup-related investments helped finance sustainable transport systems that will benefit Brazilians long after the final whistle blows.

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Kobaran Api Indonesia: Sebuah Pertanda Buruk Mengawali Musim Kemarau di Riau

Penduduk Indonesia dan Singapura beberapa minggu belakangan mulai bersiap-siap sehubungan dengan peringatan WRI dan beberapa institusi lain bahwa musim kemarau tahun ini terindikasi akan menyebabkan lonjakan api di Pulau Sumatera, ditemani dengan kabut asap beracun di sekitar kawasan.

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Indonesia Fires Flare: A Foreboding Start to Dry Season in Riau

Indonesia and Singapore have been bracing themselves in recent weeks as warnings that this year's dry season would likely herald a severe spike in forest fires in Sumatra, with toxic haze across the region.

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