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National Geographic Magazine February 2018

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why cities are leading the way

As New York City’s mayor from 2002 to 2013, Michael Bloomberg pushed sustainability. Now 75, the businessman and philanthropist has co-authored a book, Climate of Hope, in which he says that “cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet.” Although I was an editor at Bloomberg News for several years, I hadn’t talked in depth with its outspoken founder until we sat down for this interview. Susan Goldberg: Roughly two-thirds of people will live in cities by 2050. There are 31 cities now that are considered megacities, with 10 million people or more; by 2030 there’ll be 41 cities of that size. Why are people flocking to cities? Michael Bloomberg: The marketplace is clearly saying this is where we want to be. Big cities provide culture; they can be much more cosmopolitan…

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visions

Hong Kong Home to seven million people in just 426 square miles, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated cities. A long exposure on a rainy day captures part of its skyline, reflected in a recreation area that had become soaked by a typhoon. Order prints of select National Geographic photos online at NationalGeographicArt.com. Dave Paek Queens, New York One day while walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park in an area known as Dumbo, Paek photographed Manhattan through a glass sculpture. He then forgot about the image. Several months later his wife remarked that he’d captured something special: an original view of a world-famous skyline.…

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better than a bird’s - eye view

Satellite images let us see Earth from above. But a technology closer to Earth can give us a much more detailed look. Aerial “light detection and ranging,” also known as lidar (rhymes with eyedar), works by sending laser pulses from a plane, helicopter, or drone. The device then receives information back about the surfaces below. In the past, the highest resolution for lidar was about 40 points per square yard. But a team of researchers at New York University has increased the resolution to 280 points per square yard, resulting in a view from above—especially in urban areas—that’s far more detailed than ever before and true to cracks, curbs, and building facades. What’s wrong with traditional images from space or miniature scale models? Lidar produces not just an image but a high-resolution geometric…

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welcome to trade city

Sure, that stuffed animal you just won at the fair was probably made in China. But where? There’s a good chance that it came from Yiwu, which is about three hours south of Shanghai. Many of the world’s cheap goods originate there—everything from holiday baubles and hair accessories to belts and toy bulldozers. A relatively small city of 1.2 million residents, Yiwu has become an important destination. In 1982 the municipality established Yiwu International Trade City. This sprawling wholesale market displays an endless variety of items throughout some 70,000 stalls, to dizzying effect. Today buyers from all over come to examine samples of its million-plus products before placing bulk orders. “Each of these samples will be manufactured for an agreed price in a factory, usually close to Yiwu,” says photographer Richard Seymour,…

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our nutty neighbors

Squirrels aren’t natural city slickers. In the mid-1800s the tree-dwelling rodents were released in America’s urban areas to “create pockets of rural peace and calm,” says University of Pennsylvania historian Etienne Benson, who studied our relationship to squirrels over the course of five years. The creatures became nuisances instead, and by the 1970s many parks prohibited feeding them. Today, says Benson, “people’s experiences with squirrels depend on their real estate investments.” JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK, GOOSE CREEK WILDLIFE SANCTUARY…

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the coldest city in the world

Earth’s highest city, its most crowded city, its most polluted city: Geneva-based photographer Steeve Iuncker sought them out. For a project Iuncker calls Villes Extrêmes—Extreme Cities—he wanted to photograph ordinary life in cities that set extraordinary records or embody stark superlatives. That’s how he ended up in Yakutsk, Russia. The capital city of the vast (1.2 million square miles) Siberian region known as the Sakha Republic, Yakutsk is widely identified as the world’s coldest city. “No other place on Earth experiences this temperature extreme,” Iuncker says. Though temperatures during the brief summer can exceed 85°F, winter temperatures regularly fall to -40°F, he says—and the lowest ever recorded was a staggering -83°F. Among the extreme cities, this one was especially challenging to capture, Iuncker says: “Everything is ice, fog, and shadows” that obscure…