More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a trend that is rapidly accelerating, especially in developing countries. In the USA, urban areas are merging into huge megalopitan areas, especially along interstate highways.
Cities require and use large quantities of energy and materials, metabolizing them and generating large quantities of waste products and pollutants, resulting in unsustainable environments that adversely affect ecological integrity and diversity and human health and well-being. As many city dwellers are disconnected from the natural world, it has even been suggested that a new species “homo urbanus” is emerging.
Attendance at this meeting will enable to you to:
UEP 2010 will provide a forum for knowledge exchange and discussion regarding the
latest information about the unique nature of urban environments, assessment of urban environmental pollutants and their effects, and measures that can be taken to overcome obstacles to sustainability, ecological integrity and life quality.
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Abstracts for oral and poster presentation are invited by February 1, 2010 on the following topics:
- Nature of urban environments
- Air pollutants, heat islands, climate change
- Soil and water pollution, storm water retention
- Ecology, biodiversity, invasive species
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