The Asian Development Bank this week urged Asian countries to implement green infrastructure projects to cope with the region’s explosive growth. Asia is urbanising at an unprecedented scale and speed, and if this trend continues it will pose enormous environmental challenges and degradation warned its Chief Economist, Changyong Rhee, at the launch of the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012 Green Urbanisation in Asia report. According to the report, since the 1980s Asia has been urbanising faster than anywhere else with the region, which is already home to almost half of the worlds city dwellers. In just over a decade it will be home to 21 of 37 mega-cities worldwide and in the coming generation 11 billion more people are expected to join Asia’s spiraling urban ranks. This expansion has been accompanied by a sharp rise in pollution, slum dwelling and widening economic and social inequalities, causing rapid environmental degradation.
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