"Mega-Cities Pose Climate Test as Consumption Grows"

"The mega-cities of Asia will be the toughest test for climate-change policy as a rising middle class begins to consume goods at rates only previously seen in the west."

"A new report released by the United Nations Development Program in mega-city Jakarta today has a tough message: Asian cities “can't afford to grow first and clean up later”.

Regional director Ajay Chhibber told Fairfax that these countries have a moral obligation to grow fast economically because, without it, 900 million people living in absolute poverty in the region will not be able to afford decent lives."

Michael Bachelard reports for the Sydney Morning Herald May 10, 2012.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 05/10/2012