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City Preparedness for the Climate Crisis

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City Preparedness for the Climate Crisis

A Multidisciplinary Approach

9781800883659 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Francisco Javier Carrillo, The World Capital Institute and Emeritus Professor of Knowledge Based Development, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México and Cathy Garner, Honorary Researcher, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University, UK
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 365 9 Extent: c 416 pp
Exploring the ways that contemporary urban life takes the Holocene for granted, this multidisciplinary book warns that anthropogenic environmental impacts are on course to challenge the viability of most human settlements. It highlights how, despite increased warnings, most cities appear to be in denial of the potential impending catastrophes and remain ill-prepared to handle major disruptions.

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Exploring the ways that contemporary urban life takes the Holocene for granted, this multidisciplinary book warns that anthropogenic environmental impacts are on course to challenge the viability of most human settlements. It highlights how, despite increased warnings, most cities appear to be in denial of the potential impending catastrophes and remain ill-prepared to handle major disruptions.
 
Chapters offer a critical appraisal of the end of an urban epoch: the Holocene city. Moving from more general aspects of urban vulnerability in the face of the Anthropocene, the book then looks at more specific issues and cases illustrating alternative adaptation pathways. It further analyses existing approaches, movements and networks for urban preparedness for the climate crisis, offering visualisations of the ways these can be improved, conceiving alternative futures and reinventing the city.
 
A timely resource for this emerging topic, the book will be beneficial to urban studies, environmental science and development studies scholars. Practitioners in urban planning, design, management and evaluation will also find the critical case studies in the book particularly helpful.
Critical Acclaim
‘The breadth of concepts, cases, and data outlined in this book provide critical insights into climate change adaptation. Collectively, they serve as a call to action with a clear message: “business as usual” will be insufficient to meet the climate challenges of our future. Cities must be reimagined, and this book is a place to start that work.’
– Ashley D. Ross, Texas A&M University at Galveston, US

‘City Preparedness for the Climate Crisis brings together many of the world’s leading researchers as we all scramble to address urban resilience in the face of climate change. The book gives a comprehensive assessment of where cities are today, what vulnerabilities are most acute, and how we might bring about greater resilience and well-being for the world’s cities. For cities, as outlined in the book’s summary chapter, governance: the need for better collaboration and co-ordination, is paramount. This collection makes an impressive start to this task.’
– Daniel Hoornweg, Ontario Tech University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors include: Joshua Amponsem, Kirsti S. Anthun, Raphaële Bidault-Waddington, Mike Boni Bazza, Thomas J. Burns, Francisco Javier Carrillo, Charlotte da Cunha, Ana Cristina Fachinelli, Blanca C. Garcia, Cathy Garner, Marie-Claire Graf, Irene Guijt, Jose I. Icaza, David Jones, Danuta Kaźmierczak, Gavin Keeney, Doug Kelbaugh, Oliver Kellhammer, Monica Lillefjell, Elena Lioubimtseva, Ruca Maass, Lelani M. Mannetti, Janice Ian Manlutac, Ali Modarres, Priscila Nesello, Balbina Nyamakura, Owen O’Carroll, Immaculata Olu Omojola, Lorena Pasquini, Dania Petrik, Velina Petrova, Rafael L. Perini, Angel Eustorgio Rivera, Gibran Rivera, Nathalie Sänger, Theresa Scavenius, Tatiana Schreiner, Stephan A. Schwartz, Sheona Shackleton, Daniel South, Nigel South, Meggan Spires, Ravindra K. Srivastava, Kate Strachan, Anja Wejs, Omar Zermeño, Gina Ziervogel

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