by BBayliff on December 1, 2015 - 12:01am
In the article “Just How Far Will Urban Sprawl Spread?” by Dave Levitan, he explains the impacts of explosive growth in the cities we live in. According to Levitan, “in 1990, 40% of the global population lived in cities, in 2010, we reached the 50% threshold, and the percentage is projected to jump all the way to 70% by 2050. The rapid Increase in population in cities will mean more cities, bigger cities, and of course more sprawl according to Levitan. The author states that “Urban sprawl increases the connectivity among urban habitats while simultaneously fragmenting non-urban habitats such as forests and grasslands.” This is a concern as our ecosystems are at high risk and there can be huge impacts on water pollution as cities in the southeast continue to grow at such rapid paces. The author stresses that urban sprawl is expanding in a big way. He states that, within the next 50 years the median expansion of urbanization in the southeast is believed the be at an astounding 139%. This rapid growth in urban sprawl concerns the author as he believes that temperature will rise 2 to 6 degrees Celsius and can destroy wildlife corridors. The author concludes by stating that we should fix the problem ahead of time before assuming that things will get fixed.
I think it’s a big problem to deal with. Our cities are getting bigger and more crowded and I believe that we need to start taking a more green approach before the problem becomes out of hand.