Cities: It’s Time to Step Up

  • The world’s cities occupy just 3 percent of the earth’s land, but account for 60–80 percent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions.
  • Rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health.
  • Cities account for between 60 and 80 percent of energy consumption and generate as much as 70% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions

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