By Dripto Mukhopadhyay
The author is a Chief Economist and Head-Microeconomics at Indicus Analytics, New Delhi.
While uncontrolled migrant-driven urbanisation is a problem for the city management, it is also adversely affecting the environment through increased carbon footprint. Though all urban dwellers will face the impact of climate change, urban poor will be the worst hit.
Cities are hubs of assets and economic activities, and therefore of population. Cities also degrade the environment, significantly contributing to climate change directly or indirectly. At the same time cities are also vulnerable to climate change impacts. Though degradation is primarily attributable to the affluent urban section, its repercussions impact the urban poor much more. With an already low level of access to basic infrastructure, climate change adversities are likely to worsen the environment for the urban poor. However, the...