Researchers: 'Everything We've Heard about Global Urbanization Turns out to Be Wrong'

Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world's population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say.

The United Nations predicts the world's urban population is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050 from 55 percent at present after becoming majority urban for the first time around 2008.

Not so, say researchers based at the European Commission.

Using a definition made possible by advances in geospatial technology that uses high-resolution satellite images to determine the number...

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By: VOA - Thursday, 12 July

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