13 May '11, 3pm

Megacities: Economic Growth, Ecological Crisis: By Presidio Economics | May 13th, 2011 1 Comment This post is pa...

Megacities: Economic Growth, Ecological Crisis: By Presidio Economics | May 13th, 2011 1 Comment This post is pa...

The article does not discuss the potential negative impacts of this rapid growth, which, when operating under the belief of economic imperialism, is no surprise. However, the ecological impacts should be of great concern. According to the 2010 Living Planet Report , we are already living beyond our ecological means. The growth of megacities will put more pressure on space and resources that lead to increased air pollution, lack of access to clean water and disease outbreaks. “A study of air pollution in 20 megacities shows that air pollution concentrations are at levels where serious health effects are reported and exceed health protection guidelines.” Moreover, deteriorating urban air quality impacts ecosystems in the region, ultimately contributing to climate change. The Global 2000 report indicates that there are currently 21 megacities with populations of 10 million or...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/megacities-economic-g...

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