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Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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Are We Keeping up With Asia’s Urbanization?

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China's Hottest Tech Giants Join the 'War on Pollution'

China’s hottest tech giants – Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Baidu – are making a splash on a global scale. But even as they battle for market shares, they are also helping Chinese people fight against pollution with newly released tech products that monitor air, water, and food pollution. While the government struggles to keep the country’s airways clean, these companies are enabling ordinary Chinese citizens to take environmental health into their own hands.Increasingly, Chinese people are eating, breathing, and drinking pollution. Here are some sobering statistics:

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice.

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

Over the next two decades the number of city dwellers will soar to nearly five billion, 60 percent of the world’s population. Virtually all of this urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. The profound demographic and economic transformations brought by urbanization are reshaping the world and how it works, demanding research, policies, and practice that reflect a new urban reality.

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