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posted by martyb on Saturday May 14 2016, @04:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the clean-it-up dept.

Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday.

Urban residents in poor countries are by far the worst affected, WHO said, noting that nearly every city (98 percent) in low- and middle-income countries has air which fails to meet the UN body's standards.

That number falls to 56 percent of cities in wealthier countries.

"Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health," Maria Neira, the head of WHO's department of public health and environment, said in a statement.

There may be something to this--children in New York City are twice as likely to be hospitalized for asthma as the national average.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday May 20 2016, @05:27AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 20 2016, @05:27AM (#348633) Journal

    Do you have a map to that wonderful city which has 30 percent of its housing stock unoccupied such that that is a viable option to looking farther away?

    Here you go. [] Only problem is that a city with 30 percent of its housing stock unoccupied tends to be a dive like Detroit.

    people choose to live this way

    Most folks pretty much take pot luck and are thankful that they found that.

    I think you're unclear on what choice and preference mean. It doesn't mean getting what you want all the time. Nor is this some lottery where you're given a random piece of property and have to make do with what you get. Sure, if you don't want to put any time in, it's luck of the draw what will be on the market at the time and your ability to negotiate will be limited. But if you're willing to put some time in, then there are a lot of real estate choices available.

    The crowded city centers are not something you can wish away. It still means a lot of people prefer not to live there in those conditions and have chosen not to do so. Humanity has had a long time to work on making cities more pleasant with modest success. They still haven't figured it out (in large part because too many people is a huge negative) and most solutions these days are the strategy of making the more rural alternatives so inconvenient that city centers look attractive in comparison.