Cities and Climate Change: Urban Sustainability and Global Environmental Governance (Routledge Studies in PhysicalGeography and Environment Series)

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Climate change is one of the most challenging issues of our time. As key sites in the production and management of emissions of greenhouse gases, cities will be crucial for the implementation of international agreements and national policies on climate change. This book provides a critical analysis of the role of cities in addressing climate change and the prospects for urban sustainability.
Cities and Climate Change is the first in-depth analysis of the role of cities in addressing climate change. The book argues that key challenges concerning the resources and powers of local government, as well as conflicts between local goals for economic development and climate change mitigation, have restricted the level of local action on climate change. These findings have significant implications for the prospects of mitigating climate change and achieving urban sustainability. This book provides a valuable interdisciplinary analysis of these issues, and will appeal to students and researchers interested in sustainability at local and global scales.

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'In all, the book's cross-disciplinary relevance, clear arguaments and well-referenced blend of theory and practice are a vital resource for students to professors from sociology to meteorology.' - The Geographic Journal
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Governing climate change 7
2 Global environmental governance 9
3 The politics of climate change: global to local 32
Pt. II Cities and climate protection 57
4 Local government and local governance 59
5 Newcastle upon Tyne: planning and climate protection 70
6 Cambridgeshire: climate protection and local transport policy 88
7 Leicester: climate protection and the built environment 105
8 Denver: climate protection, energy management and the transport sector 122
9 Milwaukee: climate protection and new urbanism 137
10 Newcastle, New South Wales: win-win solutions for climate protection? 151
Pt. III Conclusions 169
11 Cities protecting the climate 171
12 Transnational networks and global environmental governance 186
App.: Members of the CCP programme 194
Notes 202
Bibliography 207
Index 229
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