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Cities are growing at a rate of around 1 million people every week Half the Earths population will soon live in congested urban regions mainly in the poor developing countries of Asia and Africa If the 20th century was the century of urban sprawl the 21st century will be the century of the megacity A megacity is defined as a city with an estimated population of more than 10 million people The 10 largest megacities in the world as of the year 2000 are 1 Tokyo Japan 264 million 2 Mexico City Mexico 184 million 3 Bombay India 181 million 4 Sao Paulo Brazil 178 million 5 Shanghai China 170 million 6 New York City USA 166 million 7 Lagos Nigeria 134 million 8 Los Angeles USA 131 million 9 Calcutta India 129 million 10 Buenos Aires Argentina 126 million Currently there are an estimated 23 megacities worldwide By 2015 the number of megacities is expected to grow to 36 Today Asia has 9 megacities Beijing Bombay Calcutta Jakarta Osaka Seoul Shanghai Tianjin and Tokyo- and it will soon have 4 more including Bangkok Dhaka Karachi and Manilla Relative to their level of development Asia has a greater proportion of their urban population in megacities than in any other region in theworld The worlds megacities take up just 2 percent of the Earths land surface yet they account for roughly 75 percent of industrial wood use 60 percent of human water use and nearly 80 percent of all human produced carbon emissions Between 1990 and 2025 the number of people living in urban areas is projected to double to more than 5 billion- 90 percent of that increase will occur in developing countries The explosion and growth of megacities worldwide is unprecedented
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