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The $90 trillion plan to redesign every city on Earth

Al Gore at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Gore and former Mexico President Felipe Calderón discussed the need for denser cities that reduce reliance on fossil fuels. (WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Michael Bucholzer)

Introducing the most audacious urban redevelopment proposal since the dawn of cities. Jim Edwards reports for Business Insider that a serious plan discussed at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos would make every city on Earth more dense — at a cost of $90 trillion.

The goal is to promote development that encourages public transit and walking while phasing out designs that facilitate automobiles. The visionary idea was crafted by former U. S. Vice President Al Gore and former Mexico President Felipe Calderón, who oversees The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the article says. They argue that cities must be reimagined to reduce dependency on cars if the world is to confront climate change.

The $90 trillion pricetag reflects planned expenditures over the next several years to build and redesign cities across the globe. Gore and Calderón want to ensure that this vast sum is used “wisely” to eliminate the need for cars and fossil fuels, Edwards writes.

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