Life After Carbon

The Next Global Transformation of Cities
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: BN14090
Released: Dec 04, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781721333417
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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The future of our cities is not what it used to be. The modern-city model that took hold globally in the twentieth century has outlived its usefulness. It cannot solve the problems it helped to create-especially global warming. Fortunately, a new model for urban development is emerging in cities to aggressively tackle the realities of climate change. It transforms the way cities design and use physical space, generate economic wealth, consume and dispose of resources, exploit and sustain the natural ecosystems, and prepare for the future. In Life After Carbon, urban sustainability consultants Pete Plastrik and John Cleveland assemble this global pattern of urban reinvention from the stories of 25 "innovation lab" cities across the globe-from Copenhagen to Melbourne. A city innovation lab is the entire city-the complex, messy, real urban world where innovations must work. It is a city in which government, business, and community leaders take to heart the challenge of climate change and converge on the radical changes that are necessary. They free downtowns from cars, turn buildings into renewable-energy power plants, re-nature entire neighborhoods, incubate growing numbers of clean-energy and smart-tech companies, convert waste to energy, and much more. Plastrik and Cleveland show that four transformational ideas are driving urban climate innovation around the world, in practice, not just in theory: carbon-free advantage, efficient abundance, nature's benefits, and adaptive futures. And these ideas are thriving in markets, professions, consumer trends, community movements, and "higher" levels of government that enable cities. Life After Carbon presents the new ideas that are replacing the pillars of the modern-city model, converting climate disaster into urban opportunity, and shaping the next transformation of cities worldwide. It will inspire anyone who cares about the future of our cities, and help them to map a sustainable path forward.

Professional reviews

"Moving from place to place, this audiobook introduces listeners to the numerous ways cities across the world are taking on the effects of climate change. Narrator Timothy AndrŽs Pabon's voice has the lightest raspiness to it, but when coupled with his deliberate and awe-filled tone, it draws in listeners, helping them see the wonder in the numerous projects the authors are discussing. Despite the U.S. rejection of the Paris Agreement on climate change, our nation has cities that are at the forefront of climate change and have been for years. The authors highlight some of the ways that places like Boston and Austin, as well as Rotterdam, Cape Town, and Beijing, are tackling the big problems of energy, waste reduction, ocean flooding, and more. L.E. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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