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Global Ideas

#POTW: Green fades to gray

NASA satellite images taken in 1979 (left) and 2015 (right) show Beijing's rapid growth over the past 30 years.

BdW Global Ideas Bild der Woche KW 48/2015 China Peking 1979 und 2015

Beijing, the Chinese capital is home to more than 21 million residents, but the government is planning to turn it into a megacity of 110 million people by linking it to the fast-growing port city of Tianjin and neighboring Hebei province. The rising cost of living has pushed many residents farther to Beijing's outskirts and beyond leading to huge urban sprawl and disappearing green countryside.