Don't Blame Cities for Climate Change
Cities are often portrayed as key sources of environmental pollution and major contributors to global climate change. Yet urban regions and urban lifestyles can also be highly efficient, and many cities have initiated innovative programs to reduce their carbon emissions. This seminar explores the role of cities as both sources and solutions for global climate change. Topics to be discussed include the energy consumption and carbon footprints of cities, urban spatial development and urban vulnerability to extreme climate events, greening urban development, and urban political action on climate change.