Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World
Jorge E. Hardoy Diana Mitlin David Satterthwaite
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Cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America contain some of the world's most life- and health-threatening human environments. Environment-related diseases and injuries cause millions of preventable deaths each year. In many squatter settlements, children are 40 to 50 times more likely to die before the age of five than they would be in Europe or North America and most such deaths are environment-related. Many cities are also causing serious environmental degradation in their surrounds and increasingly contributing to global warming. This updated and much expanded edition of the classic Environmental Problems in Third World Cities describes environmental problems and their effect on human health, local ecosystems and global cycles. It points to the political causes that underpin many of these problems - including ineffective, unaccountable governments and aid agencies' reluctance to work with the urban poor. It also highlights innovative solutions such as:
-high quality, low-cost homes and neighbourhoods developed by urban poor groups working with local non-government organizations;
-Local Agenda 21s developed by municipal governments in partnership with community organizations.
In their analysis, the authors show that cities can meet sustainable development goals. There are practical, affordable solutions to their environmental problems, but most depend on more competent and accountable city governments and on more support for low-income households and their organizations. The book also outlines the changes needed from international aid agencies to support this.
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