Biocities

Urban ecology and the cultural imagination

Authored by: Jon Christensen , Ursula K. Heise

The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138786745
eBook ISBN: 9781315766355
Adobe ISBN: 9781317660194

10.4324/9781315766355.ch43

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Abstract

Cities are the habitat par excellence for Homo sapiens. Call us Homo urbanus: more than half of us live in cities now. Virtually all of the human population growth expected on Earth this century will effectively end up in cities. Urban populations will double, and the urban built environment will double to accommodate the growth. Homo urbanus is thriving in the Anthropocene.

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