Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: May 04, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412973816 | Print ISBN: 9781412996822 | Online ISBN: 9781412973816| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
London is a world city that faces many challenges in the context of climate change and a growing urban population. Although there is evidence that London's environmental quality is increasing, a growing urban population is putting pressure on land and resources. The mayor of London has a statutory duty to develop a strategic vision of how to address issues such as energy, water, and waste, and London's general approach to facing its challenges has been to involve key stakeholders from the business and community sectors in the environmental management of the city. A major focus of (re)development over the coming decades is East London, especially the Olympic Park and Thames Gateway developments. London is the largest city in Europe, with approximately 7.5 million inhabitants, contributing around 20 percent to the United Kingdom's total gross domestic product. The administration is made up of a two-tier structure, in which the Greater London ...