Songdo, a self-styled ‘smart city’ in South Korea. Photo: Shutterstock

From South Korea to Malaysia, the ‘smart cities’ hailed as answer to world’s urban ills turn to ghost towns

  • Across the globe, urban developments conceived by corporations have been pitched as technological and eco-friendly utopias
  • But many are prohibitively expensive and catalysts for land dispossession and social inequality
Topic |   Urban planning

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Songdo, a self-styled ‘smart city’ in South Korea. Photo: Shutterstock
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Dried black soldier fly larvae at Evo Conversion Systems, in Texas, in the United States. Photo: The Washington Post / Loren Elliot

Maggots, the future of food: high in protein with a small carbon footprint, the only issue is the cringe factor

  • The black soldier fly larva’s can transform nearly any kind of organic waste into high-quality protein
  • The UN is encouraging governments and businesses to turn to insects to address the planet’s nutrition needs
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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Dried black soldier fly larvae at Evo Conversion Systems, in Texas, in the United States. Photo: The Washington Post / Loren Elliot
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