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Nine out of ten people around the world breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organisation. Combating pollution is essential in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, which are the worst examples of Asian overpopulation. How do cities in Asia aim to create greener and more sustainable spaces?
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Jorge Nieto tackles the sustainable city concept from a point of view that gives vital importance to relationships with others and the environment.
The technologies that underpin the very structures and identity of smart cities are still evolving. This poses the challenge of ensuring the flexible development of these cities and their digital infrastructure to adapt to new innovations as they emerge, but also to cope with other threats, such as digital security.
Smart cities are gaining momentum in Latin American capitals. Projects such as the networks of sensors in Santiago de Chile or the creation of the world's largest urban cable car network in La Paz (Bolivia) provide a double opportunity. They offer the chance to take a leap forward and catch up with more developed countries in terms of energy efficiency and environmental care, but also to finally be able to bring running water and other basic supplies to millions of inhabitants of these large cities.
By the middle of this century, 70% of the global population will be concentrated in cities. This widespread urban growth will bring with it an increase in the consumption of resources, but also in the waste generated, multiplying the carbon footprint in the atmosphere. To curb this impact, cities are looking to implement new sustainable models inspired by nature itself.