By Chirashree Ghosh and Govind Singh Bajwa
The authors are Senior Assistant Professor and Research Scholar, respectively, at the Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental refugees, driven by drought, deforestation, desertification and similar other environmental problems, result in permanent or semi-permanent immigrants to urban centres. With the numbers rising by 150 million in the next four decades urban centres would need an urgent and effective resource distribution mechanism to achieve sustainability
The world today is experiencing unprecedented urban population growth. The trend is more dominant but not limited to developing and under-developed countries. It is estimated that by the year 2030, three-quarter of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and developing countries like India and China will host the largest of these cities. According to North Carolina State University, the year 2007 proved to be a landmark year witnessing this transition. The world population turned more urban than...