Nowadays, more than fifty percent of people in the world are living in cities. Most of the increases come from Asian developing countries. Driven by rapid economic growth, urban transition processes in Asian cities are being compressed in to recent decades as Western cities had struggled for hundreds of years. While enjoying the benefits of modern technologies, Asian cities had struggled for hundreds of years. While enjoying the benefits of modern technologies, Asian cities are suffering from the "brown" (sanitation) and the "gray" (pollution) problems. On top of that, Asian cities are facing the "green" responsibilities of mitigation of and adaption to climate change. The triple environmental pressures bring unprecedented challenges. There are no standard answers on the trajectory of the western cities. Instead, taking the advantages of global knowledge and the local wisdom, Asian cities may have great opportunities to achieve leap frog developments in the transformation toward the green societies. This presentation will review the patterns of urbanisation in the world, explore the pros and cons of the Western and Asian cities in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. A conceptual incentive model which combines individual profit and public interest will be proposed for the best mix of mitigation and adaptation. Education programs and related research will be presented as the examples of the implementation of the model.
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Dr. Wanglin Yan, Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies Leader, Program for Environmental Innovators for the Design of Future Society, Keio University, Japan
- Monday, 11 July 2011
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road