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Chris Zegras on greenhouse gases and the built environment

presented by Transportation@MIT

It seems that income and travel are inextricably linked. As communities gain wealth and prosperity, their travel footprint increases. While this relationship affords benefits to those in developed nations, it is not scalable.

Global population is projected to increase by nearly 2 billion people by 2030. If this newly added population drove just 3,000 kilometers a year, they would emit more tonnes of CO2 annually than all the countries of Latin America emit today.

“The world simply cannot afford to add another Latin America”, says Chris Zegras, assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

“Sometime around the end of last year we became a net urban world. More than fifty percent of the world's population now lives in urban areas. All of the forecast net growth in population on the planet will happen in the urbanizing developing world.”
— Chris Zegras

(From MIT World)

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