By Kevin Hillstrom
A concise but thorough evaluate of the environmental matters, difficulties, and controversies dealing with the world's greatest and such a lot populous continent―Asia.
• attention-grabbing sidebar articles, tables and figures, and photographs
• evaluate maps of the continent and a list of environment-related organisations at the Internet
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The Last Frontier Forests: Ecosystems and Economies on the Edge, Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Wood, Alexander, Pamela Stedman-Edwards, and Johanna Mang, eds. The Root Causes of Biodiversity Loss. 2000. London: Earthscan. World Wildlife Fund. 1999. Living Planet Report 1999. WWF. Page 13 more than 5 million residents. Of those 34 cities, which collectively accounted for about 15 percent of the world’s urban population, more than half—18—were located in Asia. Moreover, Asia was home to 7 of the world’s 12 so-called mega-cities—those with 10 million or more inhabitants—in 1990, including the largest, Tokyo (Hardoy et al.
Their residential areas usually have plenty of open space. Their homes often have gardens. They are much more mobile and so can travel more easily out of the city” (Hardoy et al. 2001). In addition, many Asian cities are consuming some of the continent’s most productive farmland, since many cities originated in highly fertile areas. For example, the urban area of Delhi (including New Delhi) has grown more than thirteenfold since 1900, washing over surrounding agricultural areas and absorbing more than 100 villages in the process (Betinck 2000).
8 percent). ). ) Asia still contains a higher number of people living in poverty than any other region of the world. At the close of the twentieth century, it housed about 900 million poor people, about 68 percent of the world total. Of those poor people, 500 million are in South Asia, 300 million in East Asia, and 100 million in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (World Bank 1998). Indeed, many urban and rural areas of Asia remain beset by grinding poverty, with basic amenities—potable water, sanitation, shelter and fuel for heating, health care, nutritional food—either absent or in short supply.
Asia: a continental overview of environmental issues by Kevin Hillstrom