World of Innovation

Innovations in 4 megacities could inspire urban centers around the globe to devise their own solutions to pressing health and environmental problems:

  • A civil engineer envisions a 3,000-acre structure that, if built, would form a protective arc between Jakarta, Indonesia, and encroaching floodwaters.
  • After Manila was devastated by back-to-back storms in 2009, the Philippines deployed weather sensors throughout the country to help mobilize swift evacuations.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, built a 6-mile long underground tunnel to help drain crippling floodwaters.
  • Singapore aims to become a “Smart Nation,” where apps help first responders reach heart attack victims more quickly and connect caregivers to the elderly. 


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