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Release Date:15 May 2015
ISBN:9781610917551
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State of the World 2016

Can a City be Sustainable?

Island Press
Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population – 3.7 billion people – are urban dwellers and that number is expected to double by 2050. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities?  In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.    
Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Today, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
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