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Cities and Nature illustrates how the city is part of the environment, and how it is subject to environmental constraints and opportunities. The city has been treated in geographical writings as only a social phenomena, and at the same time, environmental scientists have tended to ignore the urban. This book reconnects the science and social science through the examination of the urban. It critiques the dominant academic discourse which ignores the environmental base of urban life and living, and discusses the urban natural environment and how this is subjected to social influences.
The book is organized around three central themes:
Ideas such as pollution as a physical environmental fact, often created or impacted by economic, cultural and political changes are discussed, as well as viewing pollution as a social act: consuming patterns of everyday activities - driving, showering, shopping, eating - and how this has an environmental impact. The authors reintroduce a social science perspective in examining urban nature, the city and its physical environment.
Cities and Nature clearly illustrates the physical and social elements of the urban environment and shows how these are important to examining the city. It includes further reading and boxed case studies on Bangladesh, Paris, Delhi, Rome, Cubatao, Thailand, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans and Toronto. This book would be an asset to students and researchers in environmental studies, urban studies and planning.
Section 1: The Urban Environment in History 1. The City and Nature 2. Environmental Issues in Cities: A Brief History 3. The Industrial City 4. Contemporary Urbanisation and Environmental Dynamics Section 2: Urban Environmental Issues 5. Urban Sites 6. Cities, Environmental Hazards and Disasters 7. Urban Ecology 8. Water Pollution and the City 9. Air Pollution and the City 10. Garbage in the City Section 3: Realigning Urban-Nature Relations 11. Race, Class and Environmental Justice 12. Sustainable Urban Development