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Rise of the City

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Science  20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 906-907
DOI: 10.1126/science.352.6288.906

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In 2014, 54% of the world's population, or 3.9 billion people, lived in urban areas. That's up from one-third in 1950, and forecasters say the proportion will rise to 66% by 2050. This two-page infographic highlights the geography of urbanization, and the impacts that cities can have on the environment.