VOA - Voice of America
Cities create environmental problems,
but they can also create solutions.
This is the VOA Special English Development Report.
more of us will be living in cities than in rural areas.
at the United Nations
by this year.
their estimate is that in two thousand eight,
for the first time
in history, more than half of the world population will be in
The United Nations Population Fund
of World Population"
say three-and-a-third billion people will be living in urban areas
next year. By two thousand thirty, the estimate is
five billion. The fastest
will be in Asia and Africa.
Poor people will
most of the urban growth. And natural
will be the
cause of that growth, not migration from rural areas. The report
says mega-cities of more than ten million people have not grown to
expected. Most growth is expected
in smaller towns and cities.
social services and
city planning policies.
For example, the report
so poor people do not have to live in
Today, an estimated one billion live in these
Ninety percent of the people are in
The report says the possible good of urbanization
the bad. The
how to make the best use of the possibilities. For example, cities
a lot of poverty,
they also represent the best
for poor people to escape poverty, it says. "Cities create
but they can also create solutions."
United Nations report says
will affect poor countries, cities and individuals more
with economic growth than with protecting themselves
On a separate issue,
China last week
a newspaper story about a World Bank report on the cost of
pollution in that country. The Financial Times
that Chinese officials
information they thought could cause
said air and water pollution caused
seven hundred fifty thousand
in China each year.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
there was no issue
involving a request
from China. She said the report has not been completed
The World Bank said the final version will be released as a series
And that's the VOA Special English Development Report, written by
VOA - Voice of America
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