Archive for April 6th, 2012

06/04/2012

God, What a Future!

Human Wrongs Watch

In 2050, world energy demand will be 80% higher; urban air pollution is set to become the top environmental cause of mortality worldwide; global biodiversity is projected to decline by a further 10%; global water demand will increase by some 55%, and 2.3 billion more people than today –over 40% of the global population – will be living in river basins under severe water stress.

*Diesel spill on a road. By John | Wikimedia Commons

These are some of the projections announced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which groups 34 industrialised countries spanning the globe, from North and South America to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

In fact, the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction, presents the latest projections of socio-economic trends over the next four decades, and their implications for four key areas of concern: climate change, biodiversity, water and the health impacts of environmental pollution.

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06/04/2012

Urban Population in 2050: 1.2 Billion in Africa, 3.3 Billion in Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – Africa’s urban population will increase from 414 million to over 1.2 billion by 2050 while that of Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion. Both regions together will account for 86 per cent of all increase in the world’s urban population according to a new report.

*Shanty housing, Hong Kong|Stephen Codrington|Wikimedia Commons

This unprecedented increase in urban population will provide new opportunities for improving education and public services in Africa and Asia, as more concentrated populations are easier to reach, says the UN 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects, launched on 5 April.

However, this will also pose new challenges of providing urban jobs, housing, energy and infrastructure to mitigate urban poverty, expansion of slums and a deterioration of the urban environment.

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