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The megacity state: The world’s biggest cities shaping our future

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November 30, 2030, late autumn morning: Who hasn’t wondered how life will be in the future. Imagine you live in a modern megalopolis, with millions of other people? What would have changed from today? Often it is the small, mundane things that ultimately make the biggest difference. Let’s fast-forward to the year 2030. Whereas, in the past, after getting up you may have only checked e-mails and posts on your smartphone, now you also take a quick glance at a wall monitor. It tells you: Apartment battery 80% charged. The solar panels and algae bioreactors that cover your tower block are working well. There is plenty of water too, captured during last night’s rainstorm. You notice the view has improved since the green roof law came in. Which reminds you: the vegetables in the highrise across the road are ready to collect. Gone are the days when fruit and vegetables were grown only in the countryside – now, crop fields stretch over several stories in so-called vertical farms.

It is a beautiful sunny morning. However, air pollution is particularly high on days like this so the smart traffic management system has restricted private vehicles. No matter, cycling to the station is good exercise. Before you set off, you empty your garbage: food waste into the composting tube, the rest into the tube for the district power plant.

Source : Allianz

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