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Severe air pollution can speed up neurodegeneration when the brain is at the peak of its development — during childhood. Pictured here, a child in Beijing. (Shutterstock)

Air pollution in global megacities linked to children’s cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and death

Investigation of the brains of children and young adults who died suddenly in Mexico City revealed amyloid plaques similar to those found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of many emerging global metropolises that are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. (Shutterstock)

The next battles against tobacco must be fought in the world’s major cities

Rapidly growing metropolises like Beijing, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. Life-saving policies in rich countries may be partially to blame.
Jakarta’s shortcomings as a capital are obvious: it has headline-grabbing problems with congestion, pollution, and land subsidence. www.shutterstock.com

Assessing Jokowi’s $33-billion project to move Indonesia’s capital for the country’s economic development

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" decision to relocate the country's capital is seen as an effort to shift economic activity and address infrastructure gaps outside of Java and Sumatra.
Indonesia plans to relocate its capital from the sprawling city of Jakarta – and it isn’t the only country with plans to build whole new cities. AsiaTravel/Shutterstock

Indonesia isn’t the only country planning new cities. Why not Australia?

Other countries are planning new cities using technological innovation to achieve more sustainable development. Such plans aren't new for Australia, but existing city growth is the focus of attention.
Several Metro Mini buses on their way out of terminal Blok M in South Jakarta. Rémi Desmoulière

The secret to the long life of Jakarta’s minibuses

Jakarta's minibuses can survive because of their socio-political functions and relation to the interests of thousands of business owners and workers in the capital.
The city’s poorest residents, living on the most marginal land, experience higher exposure to flooding and poorer-quality water. Bagus Indahono/AAP

Why the rich in Jakarta have better access to water than the poor – it’s not the piped network

While it is true that the poorest residents of the city are not connected to the piped water network, neither are the richest. Then what causes water inequalities?
Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? Vasenka Photography/Flickr

Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

Governments are using Big Data to design improvements and upgrades of cities. But ethical questions need to be considered, lest we end up jeopardising citizens' privacy or deepen social inequalities.
Income equality creates both spatial and social divides within cities. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

How to use the power of urban planning to tackle inequality

Amid rising inequality, two inclusionary planning instruments are at work to combat it in Indonesia. But without better enforcement, their full benefits will not be realised

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