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

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 16, 2012 - Science - 187 pages
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"In the first decade of this century, for the first time in history, the majority of the planet's population resided in cities. We are an urban planet. If ongoing changes in climate are to have an impact on the human species, most of these impacts will play out in cities. This fact was brought into full relief in the summer of 2003, when more than 70,000 residents of Europe perished in one of the most prolonged and intense heat waves in human history. The final death toll would exceed that associated with any Western European or American conflict since World War II, or any other natural disaster to have ever struck a region of the developed world, and the vast majority of these deaths occurred in cities. Studies in the aftermath of the heat wave would show that not only had global warming increased the likelihood of such an extreme event, but that the intensity of the heat had been greatly enhanced by the physical design of the cities themselves, exposing residents of cities to a much greater risk of illness or death than others. This book is the first to explore the dramatic amplification of global warming underway in cities and the range of actions that can be taken to slow the pace of warming. A core thesis of the book is that the principal strategy advocated by the global science community to mitigate climate change - the reduction of greenhouse gases - will not prove sufficient to measurably slow the rapid pace of warming in cities"--
 

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Contents

La Canicule
1
1 Keelings Curve
16
2 The Climate Barrier
46
3 Islands of Heat
68
4 The Green Factor
97
5 Leveraging Canopy for Carbon
127
Postscript
171
References
175
Index
183
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Brian Stone, Jr is an Associate Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the area of urban environmental planning and design. His program of research is focused on climate change at the urban scale and is supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service. Stone's work on urbanization and climate change has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio and in print media outlets such as Forbes and USA Today. Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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