Perspective : Climate Change & Urban Development

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Climate Change & Urban Development. Cities are world’s major growth engine, generating more than 80% of global GDP, while helping millions of people lift themselves out of poverty. Global urban population is expected to grow from over 50 to 70 per cent by 2050, with a majority of that growth occurring in Africa and Asia. Unplanned growth, however, results in a proliferation of slums, congestion, pollution, lack of affordable housing, poor access to sanitation and waste management, and vulnerability to natural hazards. Although Cities occupy only two percent of land area, they are a key contributor to climate change, as urban activities are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions, with transport and buildings being among the largest contributors. Rising global temperatures in turn have costly impacts on cities’ basic services, infrastructure, housing, human livelihoods and health. Cities account for 65 per cent of Sustainable Development Goal targets and 86 per cent of SDG indicators. This clearly means that making cities more sustainable, safe, resilient and inclusive will help us to achieve many of the SDGs.

Anchor:- Vishal Dahiya

Producer:- Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

Guest Name:-

1. Prof. P.S.N. Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture

2. Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India

3. Pawan Mulukutla, Director, Electric Mobility, Sustainable Cities, WRI India

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