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"One planet" cities : sustaining humanity within planetary limits

Author: Dave Thorpe
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book addresses the crucial question of how the essential needs of the growing human population can be met without breaking the Earth's already-stretched life-support system. With four out of five people predicted to be urban dwellers by 2080, 'One Planet' Cities proposes a pathway to genuine sustainability for cities and neighbourhoods, using an approach based on contraction and convergence. Utilising  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dave Thorpe
ISBN: 9780429463402 0429463405 9780429872532 0429872534 9780429872525 0429872526 9780429872518 0429872518
OCLC Number: 1086413647
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : it's time to end humanity's war on nature --
Do the stories we tell influence the future we will live in? --
The ultimate problem: humanity's limits to growth --
Ecological footprinting and other standards --
Choosing which standards to use --
Feeding cities while saving the planet --
Regenerative cities --
Zero carbon cities --
Transforming industry to become 'one planet' --
Managing water in the age of change --
'One planet' neighbourhoods --
Buildings in a 'one planet' city --
Mobility in a 'one planet' city --
How smart is a 'smart city'? --
Financing the way to a 'one planet' future --
A menu of case studies --
Wales and one planet development --
Six steps to a one planet city --
One day in a one planet city : a short story.
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This book addresses the crucial question of how the essential needs of the growing human population can be met without breaking the Earth's already-stretched life-support system. With four out of five people predicted to be urban dwellers by 2080, 'One Planet' Cities proposes a pathway to genuine sustainability for cities and neighbourhoods, using an approach based on contraction and convergence. Utilising interviews with key players, including the Global Footprint Network, World Future Council, WWF, mayors and government officials, and case studies from across the globe, including Europe, North and South America, Australia, South Africa, China and India, David Thorpe examines all aspects of modern society from food provision to neighbourhood design, via industry, the circular economy, energy and transport through the critical lens of the ecological footprint and relevant supporting international standards and indicators. Recommendations on managing supply chains and impacts, how the transition to a world within limits might be financed, and a deep examination of the Welsh Government's pioneering efforts follow. It concludes with an imagined vision of what a genuinely sustainable future might be like, and an appeal for 'one planeteers' everywhere to step up to the challenge. This book will be of great interest to practitioners and policymakers involved in governance, administration, urban environments and sustainability, alongside students of the built environment, urban planning, environmental policy and energy.

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