Reading Development

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Climate Injustice and Cities

UGEC Viewpoints

Peter Marcotullio
Hunter College – City University of New York, USA

Climate injustice refers to the uneven contribution to and effects of climate change. It is often said that those that have contributed the least to the problem are affected the most. This is not only in reference to the developed versus developing world slip, but also to the within and among sub-national units. This article examines the role of urbanization and cities in climate injustice. Because the world’s demographic destiny is urban are we also automatically locked-into a world of climate injustice?

Some argue yes, urbanization is both influencing climate change unequally and creating disproportional vulnerabilities for the poor. Urban activities are fueled by fossil energy consumption that increases greenhouse gas emissions and these emissions are not equally distributed within or among cities. The concentration of urban populations and infrastructure on coasts and by rivers, in arid areas and…

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This entry was posted on Thursday, 5 May 2016 by in Politics and rights.

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