The City and the Coming Climate

The City and the Coming Climate : Climate Change in the Places We Live

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This book is the first to explore the dramatic amplification of global warming underway in cities and the range of actions that individuals and governments can undertake to slow the pace of warming. A core thesis of the book is that the principal strategy currently advocated to mitigate climate change - the reduction of greenhouse gases - will not prove sufficient to measurably slow the rapid pace of warming in urban environments. Brian Stone explains the science of climate change in terms accessible to the non-scientist and with compelling anecdotes drawn from history and current events. The book is an ideal introduction to climate change and cities for students, policy makers and anyone who wishes to gain insight into an issue critical to the future of our cities and the people who live in them.show more

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  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 30 b/w illus. 5 colour illus.
  • 1139373218
  • 9781139373210

Table of contents

Prologue: la canicule; 1. Keeling's curve; 2. The climate barrier; 3. Islands of heat; 4. The green factor; 5. Leveraging canopy for carbon.show more

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'Cities have begun to feel the sting of a changing climate already. This powerful volume reminds us what we can still do - globally and locally - by adapting to that which we can't prevent, and even more crucially, preventing that to which we can't adapt.' Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College and author of The End of Nature 'In this groundbreaking study, Stone provides the first systematic analysis of what a changing climate will mean for cities. [He] argues convincingly that we must be as concerned about urban warming as global warming ... a clarion call for cities to begin to shape their climate destinies.' Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia '... highly significant and unique because it fully bridges the study of cities, climate, and urban heat.' William D. Solecki, City University of New York, and Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities 'A great introduction to how climate change will hit cities and what can be done about it ... essential reading for urban planners, city officials, and the general public.' David W. Orr, Oberlin College and author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse 'A riveting account.' London Review of Books '... begins with one of the most persuasive and surprising chapters that I have read ... Stone's excellent book provides an important service in bringing urban heat island forward as a core and resolvable urban challenge ... this is not just a book for climate enthusiasts. Rather, it will be a helpful book for anyone interested in improving human health and safety through better urban form.' Elisabeth Harmin, Journal of the American Planning Associationshow more