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The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live Paperback – April 23, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107602580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107602588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Book Description

This is the first book to explore the dramatic amplification of global warming underway in cities. It is an ideal introduction to climate change and cities for students, policy makers, and the general reader wishing to gain insight into an issue critical to the future of our cities and the people that live in them.

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Brian Stone, Ph.D., 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. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of climate change at the urban scale and is supported through funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Forest Service, among other funding institutions. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he taught in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stone's work on urbanization and climate change recently 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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By Mister George, III on June 11, 2014
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I work at a college where a professor told me they would like to order this book. I did. They have not complained! The outside looks nice, I am sure the content is educational and informative as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Taylor on June 5, 2013
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Dr Stone provides enlightened insight into the unintentional consequences of urban growth. This is a great book to become more familiar with the concept of urban heat islands and solutions to the problem. These solutions impact not only air temperature, but also improve our systems' economic efficiencies and social well being.
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