Asphalt Jungle

A global land rush is gobbling up the space and resources needed for agriculture and wildlife. Only the cockroaches are thrilled.

Beverly Hills is one of the hottest places to live--for Egyptians. This new Beverly Hills is among the latest suburbs to bloom in the desert outside Cairo, a city growing so fast that newcomers are taking over rooftops and cemeteries. Cairo (pop. 7.7 million) is the epitome of congestion and sprawl. It's what happens when the human population multiplies and spreads out of control. But the problem of unrestrained growth isn't confined to developing countries with high birthrates. In England, as much land as there is in all of Wales has been converted since 1960 from "areas of tranquillity," as the...

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