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A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City

The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.

Photo courtesy of Gwen Kash, The City Fix

A high-flying cable car system called Mi Teleférico now connects El Alto, the world's highest and Bolivia’s second largest city, with La Paz, the capital that sits in the canyon below. The $234 million project’s first line opened at the end of May, offering an affordable route for the 85 to 90 percent of the population that relies on public transportation. Before Mi Teleférico, the only way to travel between the two cities was the winding, congestion-ridden La Paz-El Alto Highway.

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In Bolivia, nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, often in homes that are simple, one-room dirt shacks. There aren't many options for well-designed, low-income housing. Ingrid Vaca Diez came up with an interesting solution to the problem: turning the ubiquitous plastic bottle from trash into a cheap building material.

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Amazing Bolivian Law Will Give Nature Human Rights

Bolivia is set to pass The Law of Mother Earth, a sweeping piece of legislation that "establishes a new relationship between man and nature."


Evo Morales is Bolivia's first indigenous president, and he's bringing some back-to-the-earth philosophy to the country. Bolivia is set to pass The Law of Mother Earth, a sweeping piece of legislation that, as Vice-President Alvaro García Linera says, "establishes a new relationship between man and nature."

The new law, part of a restructuring of Bolivia's legal system, has its roots in indigenous Andean beliefs. It makes humans equal to all other living things and establishes 11 new rights for nature, including the right to life, the right to pure water and clean air, and the right to not have cellular structure genetically modified. The law also refers to Pachamama, an Andean deity, as "the source of life [...] in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos."

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Salar de Uyuni

With an area about the size of New Jersey, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt flat is known as the flattest place on earth. So when NASA needs to...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIC5PJ24rfkWith an area about the size of New Jersey, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt flat is known as the flattest place on earth. So when NASA needs to calibrate the satellite it uses to measure the shrinking of the polar ice caps, they point its laser at the Salar de Uyuni first. One of earth's fascinating natural phenomena helping us gauge the fate of another. An original GOOD Video.

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