By Sally Morgan
From the earliest occasions people have formed and altered the panorama. ancient and modern day examples during this attention-grabbing e-book exhibit how usual habitats and barren region components are destroyed as humans want extra land for farming and to construct cities and towns, and the way expanding urbanization of populations is including to the matter of carbon emissions that reason weather swap.
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In an eco-friendly city there will be green spaces with trees and pedestrian friendly streets to encourage walking. There will be a good public transport network so car ownership becomes unnecessary. Finally, the green city will have mixed neighborhoods where people can live, shop, and work in the same area so there is less need to commute. 39 ̇ Incorporating trees and plants in city designs is important, such as planting trees along roads, and planting green roofs and walls (seen left and on page 38).
Hydroelectricity is a clean, renewable source of energy. The building of the dam has had a huge impact on the local environment, though. Discuss whether we should encourage the building of more dams in the world’s rivers. • As sea levels rise, coastal erosion will get worse. Should we spend money on defending the coast against erosion, or should we let nature take its course? • Imagine the heavy congestion in your local city is polluting the atmosphere and damaging business as people cannot travel around quickly.
How will we ensure we have enough resources, while not damaging our planet even more than we already have? 37 C H A P T E R S E V E N TOMORROW’S ECO-FRIENDLY SETTLEMENTS With the world’s population on course to hit 15 billion people by the middle of this century, space for new settlements and the need for resources to serve those settlements will grow. Careful planning and design will be needed to make sure tomorrow’s settlements minimize damage to the environment. Green Cities Around the World Curitiba in Brazil is probably the world’s best example of a green city.