Urbanization has fostered greater conveniences, cross-cultural collaborations, and ideas exchange—but what about its costs? The humane wildlife removal service Gotcha Wildlife explores urbanization’s negative impact on the environment with an infographic that lists costs from impaired water quality to the heat island effect. As urbanization rapidly increases—85.9% of the developed world may be urbanized by 2050—understanding its negative externalities may encourage us to prepare in advance and mitigate the many costs.

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