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Why cities hold the key -- and key challenges -- for sustainability

Why cities hold the key -- and key challenges -- for sustainability

Is the increasing urbanization of the world’s population a good or a bad trend from a sustainability standpoint? That was the key question debated by a panel of experts at today’s VERGE conference in London, an event organized by GreenBiz. While some saw significant grounds for optimism, others perceived a less rosy future. “I’m definitely optimistic,” said Connor Riffle, head of cities at the Carbon Disclosure Project, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the measurement, management and sharing of environmental information. “Cities let us achieve the efficiencies we need to scale up the world.” “It’s absolutely terrifying,” countered Anne Power, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics. “The risks are massive.” The majority of urban population growth is in the developing world, she said, and the biggest challenges center on what she earthily des...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/17/why-cities-hold-k...

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