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Cities Demanding the Earth: A New Understanding of the Climate Emergency

Peter Taylor, Geoff O'Brien, and Phil O'Keefe


Current climate change policy is necessary but insufficient. This is because the basic modus operandi – presenting scientific evidence to states for them to take action - misrepresents the complex process of anthropogenic climate change. The ‘anthropo’ bit is neglected in a misconceived supply-side (carbon) interpretation. The key question is, why is there so much demand for this carbon in the first place? This book introduces a demand-side interpretation bringing cities to the fore as central players in both generating climate changes and for finding solutions. Jane Jacobs’ urban analysis is ... More

Keywords: Anthropogenic climate change, Chinese urban growth, Demand-side policy, Jane Jacobs, Posterity city, William F Ruddiman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529210477
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529210477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Taylor, author
University of Loughborough

Geoff O'Brien, author
Northumbria University

Phil O'Keefe, author
Northumbria University