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Building the ecological city

Author: Rodney R White
Publisher: Cambridge : Woodhead ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2002.
Series: Woodhead Publishing in environmental management.
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Building the Ecological City puts forward solutions to the question - how can we build cities that provide an acceptable standard of living for their inhabitants without depleting the ecosystems and bio-geochemical cycles on which they depend? The book suggests and examines the concept of urban metabolism which characterizes the city as a set of interlinked systems of physical flows linking air, land, and water. A  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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White, Rodney R.
Building the ecological city.
Cambridge : Woodhead ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2002
(OCoLC)47677704
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney R White
ISBN: 1855738686 9781855738683 1280372427 9781280372421
OCLC Number: 55080961
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 238 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Preface --
Acronyms --
Other abbreviations --
Part I Introduction --
1 Cities for the new millennium --
1.1 Cities as a metaphor for western society --
1.2 The urban environment and human health --
1.3 The urban management challenge --
1.4 How to use this book --
1.5 Websites --
1.6 Further reading --
Part II Metabolism: how urban ecosystems work --
2. It isn't waste until you waste it --
2.1 Land use and urban metabolism --
2.2 Sources and types of solid waste --
2.3 Collection and treatment options --
2.4 Improving our management of the solid waste system --
2.5 Conclusion --
2.6 Websites --
2.7 Further reading --
3 Energy and emissions to the air --
3.1 Emissions to the air --
3.2 Cities and energy --
3.3 Air masses and air movements --
3.4 Energy sources --
3.5 Energy uses --
3.6 Energy users --
3.7 Conclusion --
3.8 Websites --
3.9 Further reading --
4 Cities and the hydrological cycle --
4.1 The hydrological cycle --
4.2 Urbanisation and water use --
4.3 Urban impacts on the hydrological cycle --
4.4 Urbanisation and water management --
4.5 Climate, climate change and water supply --
4.6 Conclusion --
4.7 Websites --
4.8 Further reading --
Part III Pathology: what's gone wrong? --
5 Urban land: asset or liability --
5.1 Paying for the past --
5.2 Contaminated land and urban blight --
5.3 Landfills --
Yesterday's solution --
5.4 Problematic building materials --
5.5 Underground storage tanks --
5.6 Subsidence --
5.7 Conclusion --
5.8 Websites --
5.9 Further reading --
6 The air we breathe and the climate we are changing --
6.1 The issues and the impacts --
6.2 The mounting cost of poor health --
6.3 Air quality management --
6.4 Regional and stratospheric impacts --
6.5 The changing climate --
6.6 Living with higher temperatures --
6.7 Extreme weather events --
6.8 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the city --
6.9 Conclusion --
6.10 Websites --
6.11 Further reading --
7 The water we use and abuse --
7.1 New challenges for water management --
7.2 Water shortages --
7.3 River basin floods --
7.4 Urban floods --
7.5 Health and water quality --
7.6 The impact of climate change --
7.7 Conclusion --
7.8 Websites --
7.9 Further reading --
Part IV Health: restoring urban ecosystem health --
8 Restoring urban land to productive use --
8.1 Reducing our ecological footprint --
8.2 Reducing throughput --
8.3 Density, proximity and variety --
8.4 Improving the modal split --
8.5 Redevelopment and reuse of brownfields --
8.6 Energy from waste and biomass --
8.7 Naturalising urban systems --
8.8 Conservation of historic buildings and districts --
8.9 Conclusion --
8.10 Websites --
8.11 Further reading --
9 Clearing the air --
9.1 An integrated approach --
9.2 Energy conservation --
9.3 Fuel switching --
9.4 The transportation challenge --
9.5 Conclusion --
9.6 Websites --
9.7 Further reading --
10 Water --
our most precious resource --
10.1 Integrated watershed.
Series Title: Woodhead Publishing in environmental management.
Responsibility: Rodney R. White.

Abstract:

Building the Ecological City puts forward solutions to the question - how can we build cities that provide an acceptable standard of living for their inhabitants without depleting the ecosystems and bio-geochemical cycles on which they depend? The book suggests and examines the concept of urban metabolism which characterizes the city as a set of interlinked systems of physical flows linking air, land, and water. A series of chapters looks at the production and management of waste, energy use and air emissions, water supply and management, urban land use, and air quality issues. Within the broader context of climate change, the book then considers a range of practical strategies for restoring the health of urban ecosystems from the remediation of 'brownfield' land to improving air quality and making better use of water resources.

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