Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

by Ashley Dawson

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Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson

A cutting exploration of how cities drive climate change while being on the frontlines of the coming climate crisis

How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? In Extreme Cities, Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion’s share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. Today, the majority of the world’s megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. Instead, most continue to develop luxury waterfront condos for the elite and industrial facilities for corporations. These not only intensify carbon emissions, but also place coastal residents at greater risk when water levels rise.

In Extreme Cities, Dawson offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities, describing the efforts of Staten Island, New York, and Shishmareff, Alaska residents to relocate; Holland’s models for defending against the seas; and the development of New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy. Our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls, he argues. Rather, it lies with urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way.

As much a harrowing study as a call to arms Extreme Cities is a necessary read for anyone concerned with the threat of global warming, and of the cities of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784780364
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 552,058
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ashley Dawson is a professor of English at the City University of New York, and the author of Extinction: A Radical History.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Extreme City 1

1 Capital Sinks 17

2 Environmental Blowback 69

3 Sea Change 117

4 The Jargon of Resilience 153

5 Climate Apartheid 189

6 Disaster Communism 233

Conclusion: Urban Futures 275

Acknowledgments 307

Notes 311

Index 361

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