05 Sep '11, 12pm

Dirty ‘hoods: Is your neighborhood bad for the climate?

Tiny little boxes: Is your nabe bad for the planet? If it looks like this, yes. It's no secret that cities produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions per person than suburbs or rural areas -- and some cities are better at keeping emissions down than others. Take New York City: Its dense urban structure and well-developed mass transit system keeps emissions well below somewhere like the sprawling and car-dependent Houston. But cities are more than just monolithic entities; factors like climate, manufacturing, car ownership, and wealth work differentially between cities and within city boundaries to influence greenhouse gas emissions. A review paper published in Environment & Urbanization dug into per capita emissions data for 100 cities from around the world to see which variables played a role. The paper’s authors also added a new twist by dissecting one city, Toronto, to see ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-09-04-bad-neighborhood-i...

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