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Cities represent less than 3% of the surface of the earth, but there is an extraordinary concentration of population, industry and energy use, resulting in a massive local pollution and environmental degradation. In cities, about 78% of carbon emissions due to human activities.
Like other major cities, Brussels is also facing many environmental challenges that affect the daily lives of thousands of citizens. We must therefore address these problems.
We can help our city by supporting efforts to modernize our transport sector and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
A person living in a rural area can easily go ten kilometers by car to get to work in less than twenty minutes, but a person living in an urban area may require an hour or more to travel the same distance because of the density of traffic and traffic lights on city roads.
Congestion occur in urban areas, and not in rural areas because of the traffic volume and the number of intersections controlled by traffic lights. Some cities may have a better public transport system than others, but the congestion and the duration of commuting during peak hours are problems that the citizens face every day.
Today, up to 50% of the world population lives in cities, and the importance of urban planning is greater than ever. In this context, the question is how to ensure that cities contribute positively to the welfare of all citizens as part of the economic, social and environmental.
The size of cities and increase their population will become increasingly diverse. The governance of these cities will be progressively complex and will require the dedication of the spirits.
Around the world, cities are learning better and better each other on best practices of governance and planning by sharing ideas.
Traffic congestion and the traffic volume in cities also contribute significantly to air pollution, which we consider here as a separate urban problem. Traffic creates pollution from the exhaust systems of motor vehicles, and some cities are home to plants and other businesses that also pollute. As a result, the air quality in cities is substandard.
This poor air quality has important health consequences because it leads to higher rates of respiratory and heart disease and higher mortality rates in cities.
If the citizens in general suffer from health problems related to air pollution, the consequences are particularly serious and frequent in children. The air pollution increases asthma rates and other respiratory diseases in this age group.
The car parking is a major problem in urban areas of developed and developing countries. Following the rapid increase in the number of car owners, many cities suffer from a lack of parking spaces and the imbalance between supply and demand for parking spaces can be considered as the main cause parking problems in metropolises.
This imbalance is partly due to inefficient planning of land use and miscalculations space requirements during the early stages of planning.