Drawing upon a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives, The Urban Climate Challenge provides a hands-on perspective about the political and technical challenges now facing cities and transnational urban networks in the global climate regime. Bringing together experts working in the fields of global environmental governance, urban sustainability and climate change, this volume explores the ways in which cities, transnational urban networks and global policy institutions are repositioning themselves in relation to this changing global policy environment.
Focusing on both Northern and Southern experience across the globe, three questions that have strong bearing on the ways in which we understand and assess the changing relationship between cities and global climate system are examined.
How are cities repositioning themselves in relation to the global climate regime? How are cities being repositioned - conceptually and epistemologically? What are the prospects for crafting policies that can reduce the urban carbon footprint while at the same time building resilience to future climate change?
The Urban Climate Challenge will be of interest to scholars of urban climate policy, global environmental governance and climate change. It will be of interest to readers more generally interested in the ways in which cities are now addressing the inter-related challenges of sustainable urban growth and global climate change.
Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at www.tandfebooks.com/openaccess. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This volume takes readers on a comprehensive tour through the world of urban carbon governance research and is sure to set the agenda for a new generation of cities and climate change researchers."-Michele M. Betsill, Colorado State University
"If dangerous climate change is to be avoided, we need both adaptation and mitigation to be incorporated into urban investments, policies and planning everywhere. This needs strong engagement with local stakeholders (especially those most at risk) and strong support from national governments and global climate governance regimes. This book provides a valuable contribution to how this can be done and where responsibilities for this lie." -David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
"After an overall assessment the book discusses the current state of climate policy around the world, which helps the readers put into context their own experiences, and helps to avoid administrative and political mistakes or failures (including never-realised plans and disintegrated institutional systems) already explained in the literature. The diversity of the displayed cities helps to understand both the different and common challenges they are facing with. This makes it a useful reading for scholars from Central and Eastern Europe despite the fact that no European example is discussed in the volume. The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of urban climate policy, global environmental governance and climate change. Adaptation, mitigation and sustainability issues are present in the urban climate change literature. This volume puts them in a diff erent context and shows these topics from a political and social science perspective, in the practical chapters using mostly the interview method. I found it interesting to see, how the results of science can, or in some cases cannot, get incorporated into the decision-making processes."
Ildiko Pieczka, Hungarian Geographical Bulletin
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