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  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • More people, more problems - water challenges with Chinese city growth

    24 November 2010

    Recent reports reveal China's freshwater challenges and their possible solutions as cities prepare for major influx in population over the next 15 years. 

  • COMMENTARY: Slumdog millionaire: fantasy with a message

    19 February 2009

    Danny Boyle's award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, is at once a glitzy fairy tale, with an improbable happy ending, and a bitter expose of India's urban slums. And it is the latter which should awake India's rulers and planners, if the India's urban reality is not to get very much worse, says Pamela Philipose in this thoughtful commentary on the film.

  • COMMENT: India's complicated bus ride

    24 November 2008

    What does Barack Obama's election as president of the US have to do with buses in India? A lot. Obama stands for what he calls 'change' - in the way we think and do business. But the call will remain rhetoric unless we translate it into practical, everyday life, changes. To do that, we must bring changes in our business model and, most importantly, in what is essential and what needs to be invested in. And we could start with our transport system.

  • Tailoring transport for tomorrow's cities

    9 July 2008

    Last week, the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, said his aim was that all British motorists will be driving electric or hybrid cars by 2020. But the Environment Transport Association says that is not likely to happen through the use of punitive motoring taxes alone. Here Lester Brown looks at alternative ways for cities to manage their transport systems in a sustainable way.

  • People's car highlights India's transport dilemma

    8 February 2008

    The unveiling of India's £1,300 car, the Nano, to be built by the giant Tata company, has set off much controversy over the environmental consequences of mass car ownership in the populous cities of India and other developing countries. Here Sunita Narain puts the case for a new approach which would see cities built in which mobility does not mean cars.

  • Farming in the city - a growing imperative

    16 March 2007

    Last month, Henrylito Tacio reported on how urban farmers are helping to feed the growing city populations of the world. Here Lester Brown takes up the same theme arguing that as oil prices rise, as they invitably will, the economic benefits of expanding urban agriculture, even in affluent societies, will become much more obvious.

  • Bringing a new urban cool to US cities

    20 December 2006

    American cities have lost 25 per cent of their tree cover in the past 30 years according to the environment group American Trees. But the city of Sacramento in California believes that trees are an answer to global warming, and are doing something about it. The story was told earlier this year by Blaine Harden, writing in the Washington Post, from which these extracts are taken.

  • The ecology of cities

    12 September 2006

    At an historic turning point when half the world's people are becoming city dwellers, the time has come to re-think our urban future in a more ecological way, says Lester Brown.

  • The urban millennium

    28 July 2006

    Sometimes it takes just one human being to tip the scales and change the course of history. In the year 2007, that human being will either move to a city or be born in one. Demographers watching urban trends will mark it as the moment when the world entered a new urban millennium, a period in which, for the first time in history, the majority of the world's people will live in cities, report Rasna Warah and Eduardo Lopez Moreno.