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TitleThe urban transformation : health, shelter and climate change
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSclar, E, Volavka-Close, N, Brown, P
Pagination238 p.
Date Published2012-07-09
Place PublishedAbingdon, UK
ISSN NumberPaperback: 9781849712163 | Hardback: 9781849712156 | eBook: 9780203107683
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, demography, poverty, public health, urbanization

The book describes the ongoing urban transformation towards a world in which, by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. For the first time in history, half of the world's population is living in urban areas, and a large proportion of the urban growth will be taking place in the cities of the developing world. This transition to an urban world could be a negative transformation; but, if well-planned, it could also offer an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of some of the world's poorest people. The publication brings together some of the world's foremost experts in urban development with the aim of approaching these issues as an opportunity for real positive change. The ten chapters of the book focus on three strategically critical aspects of this transformation: public health, shelter, water and sanitation, and climate change adaptation.

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