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Members of the Malaysian Institute of Planners sit on rocks that double as seating while visitors explore a temporary public space in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 12 Feb 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Gregory Scruggs.

Pop-ups have become popular in many cities, often the brainchild of local residents in an effort to improve their neighbourhoods or turn derelict spaces into community hubs.

On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being.

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Restoring degraded landscapes like this one in Costa Rica is a natural way of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photo by Luciana Gallardo Lomeli/WRI

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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 (CC BY 4.0)

Anthony Burke, University of Technology Sydney and Prasuna Reddy, University of Technology Sydney

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The all new Volvo XC90. Volvo has a commitment to sell a total of 1m electrified scars – including fully electric cars and hybrids – by 2025.

By Amy Myers Jaffe, University of California, Davis and Lewis Fulton, University of California, Davis

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For several years Brighton Permaculture Trust have been turning waste fruit from local orchards and people’s homes into delicious produce such as jam, chutneys, and juices at pop-up scrumping events.

But now, they're building a straw bale Fruit Factory in an old tractor shed in Stanmer Village, just outside Brighton.

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Svalbard Seed Bank, Norway. © The Crop Trust

By Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster

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By Tanusree Jain, Trinity College Dublin

Online retail giant Amazon has made a decisive move into food retail. The acquisition of US grocer Whole Foods, a pioneer in organic, healthy food shopping for well-off consumers, brings together two businesses with contrasting reputations. We’ve been here before. And it didn’t work out well.

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Samuel Nduvi in Kikumini, Kenya has been growing drought tolerant sorghum intercropped with protein-rich legumes like pigeonpea and cowpea over the last three years. Credit: Alina Paul-Bossuet

By Alina Paul-Bossuet | ICRISAT

Farmland in Kenya’s north has deteriorated because of loss of soil nutrients and agro-biodiversity, putting livelihoods of 12 million people at risk

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Guest blog by Dragan Savic, University of Exeter

In 1900, just 15% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%, which is a lot of people. In fact, it means around 4 billion human beings rely on urban infrastructure to keep them warm, mobile and clean.

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