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Urban Land Set to Triple By 2030, Study Suggests

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Urban development is set to triple in the first three decades of this century, the largest cityscape expansion in human history, according to a new study that for the first time maps out urbanization hotspots. The rapid urban growth will come at a cost. Researchers predict the sprawl will swallow up a landmass nearly equivalent in size to South Africa (463,000 square miles, or 1.2 million square kilometers), consume delicate habitats, eliminate an estimated 200 endangered species and will mow down carbon-storing vegetation. This is not an issue limited to one place or one country, but this is a large-scale global trend; we are now in the century of the city,' Seto said of the expansion that will be the equivalent of 20,000 American football fields each day for 30 years.

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