Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008
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New Delhi, India

A mountain of trash just outside the urban center of New Delhi illustrates the ecological and logistical problems common to many of the world's big cities.

In New Delhi, one of two Indian megacities, 95 percent of the metropolis has no system of formal garbage collection and relies instead on ragpickers.

Ragpickers collect trash but earn no wages. They receive meager donations from the communities they clean, and live on what they can find to eat or sell in the trash of others.

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—Photograph by Gurinder Osan/AP
 
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