Magazine article The Futurist

Defusing the Megacity "Bomb"

Magazine article The Futurist

Defusing the Megacity "Bomb"

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The Real Population Bomb: Megacities, Global Security & The Map of the Future by P. H. Liotta and James F. Miskel. Potomac. 2012. 248 pages. $29.95.

The most urban growth this century will take place in countries that are least prepared for it, warn defense experts P. H. Liotta and James F. Miskel. The authors foresee serious implications for the whole globe.

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By 2025, the world will have 27 megacities with populations exceeding 10 million. A great number will lie within northern Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and Indochina--a zone where urban poverty and squalor already run rampant. As these megacities continue expanding, they will inflict severe environmental pollution and become havens for terrorism and organized crime. Those dangerous elements will eventually spread outwards, potentially destabilizing entire states and regions.

The authors note that, in 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, in which he predicted that mass starvation would befall cities later in the twentieth century as a consequence of over-population. …

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