Why we can’t have nice things: dockless motorcycles and the tragedy of the commons

Behind this bucolic industry is a multibillion-dollar battle between Chinas big tech companies and Silicon Valley, and the nightmare of vandals and parking If there is one sad fact that technology has taught us, it’s maybe that we just can’t have nice things. Now Washington DC has become the latest testing ground for what happens […]

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No reputation , no fuss: eight heroes of 2016

From the man who tackled the Nice truck killer to the women who opened their homes to those in peril, there are plenty of good people out there The Donald Trump victory, the fallout from Brexit, warnings about the return of fascism in Europe, the assault on Aleppo and the unabated refugee crisis. For many […]

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‘World’s best chef’ Benoit Violier found dead

Chef who operated the the acclaimed Swiss Restaurant de lHotel de Ville in Crissier has died in an apparent suicide French-Swiss chef Benoit Violier, whose Swiss restaurant was named the best in the world in December, has been found dead at his home in an apparent suicide. Violier, 44, ran the Restaurant de lHotel de […]

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The world is in Quito to discuss cities- but are local voices heard at Habitat III?

As many as 45,000 people are gathered in Ecuadors capital for the UNs future of cities summit. Inside the fencing, speakers say greater inclusivity will make better cities for all but elsewhere in Quito, some residents are feeling shut out On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machngara […]

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Cyclist set to finish record-breaking ‘around the world in 80 days’ cycle a day early

British athlete Mark Beaumont is expected to complete his world tour on Monday after 79 days in the saddle, smashing the previous record of 123 days Endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is expected to arrive in Paris on Monday 18 September, 79 days after defining off on his attempt to cycle around the world in 80 […]

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Emmerson Mnangagwa: the ‘Crocodile’ taking power in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabes former righthand man is guaranteed support for now, but Zimbabweans have not forgotten his past Zimbabwe’s new chairperson is not, at first glance, the obvious champion of the change his country hungers for. Emmerson Mnangagwa is 75, and for decades he was righthand man to Robert Mugabe, accused of the same human rights […]

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The world is in Quito to discuss cities- but are local voices heard at Habitat III?

As many as 45,000 people are gathered in Ecuadors capital for the UNs future of cities summit. Inside the fencing, speakers say greater inclusivity will make better cities for all but elsewhere in Quito, some residents are feeling shut out On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machngara […]

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How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen exposes its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the listing of the worlds healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen uncovers its secrets Environment How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its […]

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