Climate Change, Cities and Urban Poor

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Landsdowne, Uttarakhand

Abstract: While uncontrolled migrant-driven urbanisation is a problem for the city management, it is also adversely affecting the environment through increased carbon footprint. Though all urban dwellers will face the impact of climate change, urban poor will be the worst hit.

The author is a Chief Economist and Head-Microeconomics at Indicus Analytics, New Delhi.

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