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Original title: One of the Best Urban Development Sites in the Country to be Transformed into New Walkable Neighborhood in Center of Downtown Cleveland

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"Half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas" (Leen)says the National Geographic. When one thinks about how crowded our cities are now, its hard to imagone how bad itll be in 2015. In the National Geographic article called "Urban Threats" the threats and possible solutions of urban development. Not only does this list the environmental impacts but the social impacts such as poverty.

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     The article written by Tom Bawden discusses the plummeting hedgehog population in Great Britain. A new study has put the number of hedgehogs below one million, over a third lower than in 2011. Rapid urban development seems to be the main issue. Hedgehogs live in large grasslands and hedgerows, but new developments and infrastructure are fragmenting these areas of habitat. The fencing of land and gardens has also made it difficult for the animal to find food.

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The article written by Rashid Sumaila discusses why some subsidies are the major problem behind overfishing. Subsidy: Form of financial aid to a an economic sector.

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In this article, Alfonso Mucci explains how oceans remove CO2 from the atmosphere, which affects aquatic ecosystems. This effect cleans the air, but pollutes bodies of water even more. Oceans come to be too acidic. Micro-organisms are at risk of becoming extinct, which in turn can deeply affect other species. The long-term repercussions are very hard to predict since gasified water descends to the bottom of the ocean very slowly. No one can know exactly what lies in the future for these ecosystems. An European scientist predicted over a century ago that this would happen.

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An article by Ada Carr discusses the effect plastic microbeads have on our environment and health

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Journalist Barrie McKenna discusses the potential of one of Canada’s most abundant natural resources: water. Should Canada consider exporting water to other countries, such as the United States, for profit? McKenna says we should.

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The process of fracking consists in injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at extremely high pressure to fracture the soil and extract shale gas and oil. The Bureau des audiences publique sur l’environnement (BAPE) informed that due to the lack of evidence to support the benefits of fracking, it seemed as a non-advantageous method to use in Quebec.

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