Urbanization: Involvements and Solutions

by epelletier2 on November 27, 2015 - 10:04pm

The article "How Cities Around the World will Sprawl in the Next 20 Years" published in The Washington Post by Brad Plumer presents the consequences of the urban development that will happen by 2030.   Plumer begins by giving statistics about the percentage of the population living in urban areas, including the United State with 82%.  He then proceeds to state some information given in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  This paper claims that the amount of urban land will considerably increase by 2030 and could have impacts on the Earth environment, as well as its climate.  Indeed, the growth of cities can transform natural habitats and endanger a lot of species, which would decrease biodiversity in those areas.  Lastly, Plumer mentions that urban development increases carbon emissions and also has an important economical impact.

I think that the author could go more into details about the environmental impacts that urban development can have and the solutions that are available to us.  The reduction of biodiversity in cities can bring important changes in a lot of species’s ecosystem and could be dangerous for their population.  This problem, added to the carbon emissions that urban development creates, need to be prevented with new ways of developing our cities.  Denser cities, new technologies and more organized neighbourhood could help populations to walk more and make it easier to use collective transport.  Furthermore, suburbs should be more connected to cites and their collective transportation system should be more effective and less expensive.  I think that it is possible to change the way our cities are built and improve our quality of life.

Plumer, Brad.  (2012, September).  How Cities Around the World will Sprawl in the Next 20 Years.  The Washington Post.  Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2012/09/19/how-cities-around...

Comments

Hey epelletier2,

Cool post! I think that the correlation between carbon emissions and urban growth that you mentioned is very important. This is a huge concern surrounding urban development and population growth, in that it is entirely necessary to cut back on emissions somehow, otherwise the problem will own increase in both size and complexity as more years go by. This is largely a global problem that we all face together as human beings, and we need to work together to find some ethical solutions for reducing population growth, and some more viable solutions for reducing carbon emissions altogether. One thing that I think you could have added to your post perhaps was more details from the article, for example, the rates of urban development that are expected in the future, or perhaps some of the species or habitats that this urban growth poses the greatest threat to.

I think you've made some good points on this topic. I mean, it’s not surprising to assume that the majority of the population would, in the later future, move into the urban sprawl of our cities. Unlike the rural areas, everything it put more closely together, making everything much more accessible. But, as you’ve stated, it also creates consequences for the environment as well as for any other species in that area. Not only are we going to have to destroy habitants to make space to build more buildings, but we’ll also be creating more pollution at the same time due to the population growth. In a sense, this can create a bad situation for us, but I like the idea that by connecting our cities more closely, people will feel free to walk instead of using their car for instance, or at least, use public transport, which would create less pollution. There are many ways in which to improve our cities and if more people were to move to the cities, we’d most likely have to accommodate and figure out solutions to make the urban life more sustainable for people and animals alike.

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