7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Earlier this month, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched its “Stories to Watch in 2014.”

All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers.

1. The Year of Cities: How Will They Grow?

We’re currently in the midst of the most massive urban transition the world has ever seen. Cities are projected to add 274,000 people every day over the next 30 years. By 2040, the urban population will be more than 2 billion higher than today.

Here’s the point: How cities grow — economically and demographically — will be critical in whether we fail or succeed in the fight against climate change and poverty. Poorly designed, sprawling cities can exacerbate existing greenhouse gas and congestion problems. (Cities already account for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and some cities already lose 10 percent of their GDP to congestion alone). Alternatively, compact, low-carbon cities — featuring sustainable transport systems and people-centric design — can improve quality-of-life and drive economic opportunity.

2. Restoration: A Two Billion Hectare Opportunity. — Full Story at Huffington Post

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