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Growing cooler : the evidence on urban development and climate change
  • Published Date:
    1997-10-01
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Growing cooler : the evidence on urban development and climate change
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    978-0-87420-082-9
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    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Air Quality ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Environment Impacts ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY ;
  • Abstract:
    This new book documents how key changes in land development patterns could help reduce vehicle

    greenhouse gas emissions. Based on a comprehensive review of dozens of studies by leading urban

    planning researchers, the book concludes that urban development is both a key contributor to climate change and an essential factor in combating it. The authors make the case that one of the best ways to reduce vehicle travel is compact development: building places in which people can get from one place to another without driving. This includes developments with a mix of uses and pedestrian-friendly designs. Changing demographics, shrinking households, rising gas prices, and lengthening commutes are contributing to the demand for smaller homes and lots, townhouses, and condominiums near jobs and other activities. Current government policies and regulations encourage sprawling, auto-dependent development. The book recommends changes that can be made to make green neighborhoods more available and more affordable.

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