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The new environmental cities

Is it possible to get a big city environmentally friendly? Outside Shanghai, advanced efforts are being made to create a self-sufficient eco-city. By Ola Wong, Shanghai, China

In the year 2007, humanity is crossing a historical boundary. For the first time, half of the world's population will live in cities, according to the United Nations agency Habitat. Habitat warns that almost one in three city dwellers are living in slums.

While Europe, North America and Latin America had their largest urbanization

period in the mid-1900s, we now get the fastest growth from Asia and Africa. Africa has the fastest urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by Southeast Asia and East Asia. The proportion of Chinese living in cities has increased from 17 percent in 1978 to 42 percent in 2005.

Lead by example

- The Chinese are moving in a direction where they consume as much energy as. . .

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