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Rapid Urbanization and Mental Health
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:03:08 AM »
This Just appears to be sheer madness.  :icon_scratch:

China's urbanization is fast and agressive. Too fast?

    The city is eating hungrily into the hillsides, swallowing up maize fields and rice terraces in loops of tarmac and towers of concrete and glass. But the pace of change is so rapid, the transition so sharp, that its citizens are increasingly bewildered by their surroundings. Some, like the migrant workers building the roads, are new to city life. Others no longer recognise their hometown as it sprawls across the land.

    This is the year China finally became an urban nation. In April the census revealed that 49.7% of its 1.34bn population was living in cities, compared with around a fifth as economic reforms got off the ground in 1982. By now, China's urbanites outnumber their country cousins. "The process they have been going through over three decades took four or five decades in Japan and [South] Korea and 100 years in the west," says Edward Leman, whose Chreod consultancy has advised numerous Chinese cities on development.

    By 2025, one study suggests, 350 million more people will have moved to cities; more than the population of the US. Five years later the urban population will top 1 billion. There will be 221 cities with more than 1 million inhabitants; Europe currently has 35. The number of new skyscrapers could equate to 10 New York cities. The impact will be felt worldwide: in prices for commodities such as steel and copper, and in greenhouse gas emissions.    :icon_study:

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Re: Rapid Urbanization and Mental Health
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 03:29:33 PM »
They are only following the model.  It is complete insanity and they, like others, will reap the whirlwind.  A world untethered from its roots ... where its life comes from: a healthy and strong ecosystem.  We're Doomed.

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Re: Rapid Urbanization and Mental Health
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 04:56:35 PM »
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