Possible Urban Environmental Futures

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1 Feb 2012
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Over half of the global population lives in areas defined as urban. Over 80% of canadians now live in urban areas (census metropolitan area . Urban environmental crises: public discourse suggests that unless society configures a different mode of living in cities the future of urban life is bleak. Peak oil: higher costs and less access. Pollution and impacts on quality and use of air, water and land. Summer 2008: high gas prices and consequences for automotive and travel. Impacts for human settlement and survival in cities? industry. Expanding physical infrastructure of cities reduced quantity of natural vegetation spaces, specie habitats and tree canopy. Level of diversity key to healthy ecosystem. Damage of interconnected necessities for human and non-human survival. Linear metabolism of cities, exacerbated by population concentration and activities, impact quality of basic necessities. Public concern about effects of climate change. Urban public health impacts: tainted" water; respiratory diseases. Membership in a political community (ex: democracy)

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