08 February 2008
Vol 319, Issue 5864

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COVER The Ginza area of Tokyo in 2006. By 2030 the number of urban dwellers will have exploded to 4.8 billion people, roughly 60 percent of the projected world population, whereas only 13 percent lived in cities in 1900. The special section beginning on page 739 includes News stories, Reviews, and Perspectives that explore the ramifications of urban transformation.

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