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...