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Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits

Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio."

 

Interesting analysis: if we look at the total footprint of cities, how sustainable are they really? Is urbanisation really the key to future sustainability? And what about the social sustainability of cities in a world of increasing inequality?

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Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts arising from built environment growth pose additional concerns for urban residents also expected to deal with impacts resulting from global climate change?

 

Contrary to some sustainability thinkers (most of them brought up in cities, I suppose) this study rightly questions further urbanisation as the path towards a more sustainable world.

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