Climate Change, Cities and Urban Poor


Vol NO: VOL. 14, ISSUE 85,

"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 greatest challenge for any economy is to grow while also taking care of the environment. Containing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within prescribed limits so that the world can lower climate risks has hardly been fulfilled by any country, developed or developing. The growth path adopted by countries, despite agreeing to map low carbon development on paper, is yet to sync with the emission norms. This is especially more difficult for developing countries, fighting to secure rapid economic growth. Uncontrolled migrant-driven urbanisation in developing world results in the inadequate supply of basic amenities, posing a serious problem for city governance. According to the ‘World economics and social survey 2013 - Sustainab

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    Dripto Mukhopadhyay

    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.

    "The author is a Chief Economist and Head-Microeconomics at Indicus Analytics, New Delhi."

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