- File Size: 1600 KB
- Print Length: 139 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Alex Steffen (November 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AEWHU8E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet Kindle Edition
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How can this be done? Switch to clean energy and make all cars electric? That's completely unrealistic, says Alex Steffen, it would take too long. Instead he proposes structural changes to the way we build cities -- make neighborhoods walkable by increasing density, for example.
While the ideas that he puts forth are great, stunning, insightful, I don't quite buy that any of this can be done easily in the available time-frame. At least not any easier than turning individual transport completely electric.
There are quite a few gems in the book, e.g. the observation that a typical home power drill could drill thousands of hours, yet is only used for about 6-20 minutes over its lifetime. Overall, the book suggests what many futurists have told us: Everything we need to solve our problems is right in front of us, there is no question that survival for the human race is not only possible, but what we could in fact lead much more healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling lives than we currently do.
But it looks like our actual path into the future will be a whole lot messier than that.
There are many places where suggestions made here could either be augmented or discounted by back of the envelope calculations. The lack of that critical thinking means that they're left as an exercise to the reder, and when we do such calculations, we find that the scenarios aren't nearly as rosy as their presented.
By all means, dig deeper, but do so with one of the many more in-depth treatments of the topic.