Academic journal article Geography

Cities and Climate Change

Academic journal article Geography

Cities and Climate Change

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Cities and Climate Change Harriet Bulkeley Abingdon: Routledge, 2013 266pp, 15.5x23.5cm, Pb: £24.99 ISBN 978-0-415-59705-0

In this timely publication, Harriet Bulkeley has produced a text that is likely to become required reading for undergraduate geography students interested in one of the key issues of the 21st century: how cities respond to the challenge of climate change. Over half of the world's population live in urban environments. With urban migration set to increase, cities across the north and south will be faced with the challenge of accommodating population growth and adapting to a changing climate. This book provides students with a clear path through which to develop an understanding of these important issues. It does so by examining six topics central to the debate surrounding cities and climate change: the production of greenhouse-gas emissions, vulnerability, mitigation, adaptation, experimentation and alternative responses to climate change.

Presented in clear language appropriate to an undergraduate audience, the book begins by outlining the science and policy of climate change, and the rise of climate change as an urban governance issue. …

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