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SOER Key fact Urban - key fact 4
A city affects a large area outside its own boundaries. For example, London alone is thought to need an area of almost 300 times its geographical size to satisfy its demands and for disposal of its waste and emissions.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
Publication Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe
Challenges and opportunities for cities together with supportive national and European policies
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Figure Urban climate analysis map for the city of Arnhem, the Netherlands
The map shows different climate classifications of the areas in the city of Arnheim
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Publication chemical/x-pdb Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The global population is congregating in our cities. Eighty per cent of the world’s estimated nine billion people in 2050 are expected to live in urban areas. Our cities and urban areas face many challenges from social to health to environmental. The impacts of cities and urban areas are felt in other regions which supply cities with food, water and energy and absorb pollution and waste. However, the proximity of people, businesses and services associated with the very word ‘city’ means that there are also huge opportunities. Indeed, well designed, well managed urban settings offer a key opportunity for sustainable living.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Thematic assessments
SOER Message Urban environment — key message 3
Cities, due to the high concentration of people and activities, deliver and demand goods and services that impact their own areas and regions far away. While cities in Europe contribute 69 % of the continent's CO2 emissions, an urban resident consumes less energy than a rural resident. Urban density and compactness enable more energy efficient forms of housing and transport – an asset for a more sustainable Europe.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Article Urban soil sealing in Europe
Soil is the earth's living skin and provides us with essential services for life in our planet: production of food; infiltration and cleansing of water and protection against flooding; habitat for plants; areas for recreation and mental health; micro climate regulation, etc. It is such a crucial resource that it can't be ignored. However, particularly in urban areas, soil is being sealed off with increasing housing and infrastructure.
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Figure Urban trends
Historical urban population trends and projections by world regions (1950- 2050), showing the share of cities with less than 750 000 inhabitants
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Article D source code Urban world
Did you know? A city affects a large area outside its own boundaries. For example, London alone is thought to need an area of almost 300 times its geographical size to satisfy its demands and to dispose of its waste and emissions. (SOER 2010)
Located in Signals — every breath we take Signals 2011 Articles
Figure Vulnerable people — the elderly are considered to be a group more sensitive to various climatic stress factors than people of a working age
The map shows the share of elderly people (>= 65 years) within a city (represented by the dot colours) to the total population (represented by dot size).
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Figure Wastewater treatment in 601 Mediterranean coastal cities with a polution greater than 10000
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