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Nature Index’s top five science cities, by the numbers

Despite substantial progress towards clearing them, Beijing’s notoriously polluted skies remain one of its biggest public policy and scientific challenges. Between 2005 and 2018 the city’s reliance on coal burned for power fell from 30 million tonnes to only 4 million tonnes.

Beijing’s largest source of energy is now solar, contributing more than 30% in 2017. Beijing is home to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which leads the index in Share, including in the Earth and environmental sciences.

The New York metropolitan area, home to more than 5.5 million foreign-born residents, is a global winner in the competition to attract and retain human capital, a key factor in its number one ranking for competitiveness by Kearney.

However the city’s top position is threatened by negative trends in liveability, foreign direct investment, entrepreneurship, private investment and a general decline in doing business. The New York metropolitan area’s top institution in the Nature Index, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, ranks 9th globally in the life sciences.

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