Published on Aug 6, 2013
A fifth of Rio de Janeiro’s population, or around 1.6 million people, lives in favelas. Ten thousand live on the Morro da Providencia, a hill near the city’s central station.
The first favela sprung up here more than a century ago. Now hundreds of houses are threatened with demolition. With Brazil hosting next year’s soccer World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, Rio authorities have vowed to pacify the unruly favelas. One of them is Morro da Providencia, which also happens to sit on some of the most valuable real estate in the city.
The world’s seven billionth person will be born into a population more aware than ever of the challenges of sustaining life on a crowded planet but no closer to a consensus about what to do about it.
The United Nations says the world’s seven billionth baby will be born on October 31.
The body has expressed concern over the standard of living for the ever increasing number of people on the planet and skyrocketing demand for healthcare, education, resources and jobs.
And it is the poorer countries that are affected most, as Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri reports from central Kenya for our special series, Crowded Planet.
In partnership with the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, the NewsHour explores how the composition of our society is changing as the world population reaches 7 billion people. Hari Sreenivasan has the details.
A look at the life and career of American rapper and producer, Dr. Dre.
As the fallout from Japan’s earthquake continues, the government of the Philippines is taking note.
The capital Manila sits on a massive fault line, and there are concerns the city’s infrastructure would not be able to withstand a quake.
Many people in Kenya’s sprawling slum of Kibera do not have toilets and often pay to use the few public toilets.
But the toilets are closed at night and slum dwellers sometimes use plastic bags to dispose of their waste, which they dump on garbage skips.
Now biodegradable bags intended to alleviate poor sanination and convert human waste into fertilizer have been introduced.
Slum dwellers are buying the PeePoo bags, as the are called, and the people making them say they will reduce outbreaks of disease.