Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Sanitation and drainage in cities

In light of the failure to reach the sanitation target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this issue of Environment and Urbanization explores methodological, political, financial and other challenges to measuring and improving sanitation in urban areas.

This is the second 2015 issue of Environment and Urbanization to cover sanitation and drainage. Only one of the countries covered in these two issues met its MDG target. Some even saw their urban populations’ access to improved sanitation decline from the start of the reporting period in 1990. These papers are therefore very timely given the global discussion around how to ensure the stronger performance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, as the editorial points out, it will be essential to establish a robust monitoring system to actually implement the SDGs.

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Book notes

This book collects essays on situations of health deprivation among the poor, with discussions of the social movements that have emerged to address this. The geographical cases span India, Colombia, Uganda, and Latin America. The situations described here are diverse, but a commonality is the low capacity – whether due to underfunding, discrimination or corruption – of public health systems.

Based upon the Lionel Robbins Lectures given by Nicholas Stern in 2012, this book’s core mantra is to act now rather than later in tackling climate change. In Why Are We Waiting? Nicholas Stern highlights that not only are the risks and costs of climate change potentially colossal, but they are worse than originally set out in the Stern Review of 2006, and our action to date has been far too slow. He also identifies a critical period of structural change when much of the world’s energy system will be created or renewed.

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