The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live / Edition 1

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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 nonscientist 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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 at 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. Stone 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, Professor, Department of Geography, City University of New York (CUNY)

'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, author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse

"highly readable, informative book..excellent volume does not simply reiterate what has been said many times before. Stone's clear writing enables anyone to understand and appreciate the importance of these local regional climate factors. Highly Recommended." - B Ransom, CHOICE, November 2012

"...begins with one of the most persuasive and surprising chapters that I have read...Overall, 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 Association, January 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107602588
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,109,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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.

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