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Health and the City
Health and the City
Graham MoonRobin Kearns

By 2015, half the population of the developing world will be living in cities and is expected to double in the next 30 years. By 2030 these cities can be expected to triple their land area. Urban health challenges to improve the quality of life for the urban poor are indeed daunting. (World Bank, 2009)

Good quality urban areas can be stimulating and offer opportunities not found elsewhere. But the urban environment places stresses and strains on human health and wellbeing that contribute to tens of thousands of deaths each year and a considerable burden of ill health. Major issues include air pollution, climate, obesity and mental health. Most of these problems are not unique to ...

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