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The Resource The environmental advantages of cities : countering commonsense antiurbanism, William B. Meyer

The environmental advantages of cities : countering commonsense antiurbanism, William B. Meyer

Label
The environmental advantages of cities : countering commonsense antiurbanism
Title
The environmental advantages of cities
Title remainder
countering commonsense antiurbanism
Statement of responsibility
William B. Meyer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Conventional wisdom about the environmental impact of cities holds that urbanization and environmental quality are necessarily at odds. Cities are seen to be sites of ecological disruption, consuming a disproportionate share of natural resources, producing high levels of pollution, and concentrating harmful emissions precisely where the population is most concentrated. Cities appear to be particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, to be inherently at risk from outbreaks of infectious diseases, and even to offer dysfunctional and unnatural settings for human life. In this book, William Meyer tests these widely held beliefs against the evidence. Borrowing some useful terminology from the public health literature, Meyer weighs instances of 'urban penalty' against those of 'urban advantage.' He finds that many supposed urban environmental penalties are illusory, based on commonsense preconceptions and not on solid evidence. In fact, greater degrees of 'urbanness' often offer advantages rather than penalties. The characteristic compactness of cities, for example, lessens the pressure on ecological systems and enables resource consumption to be more efficient. On the whole, Meyer reports, cities offer greater safety from environmental hazards (geophysical, technological, and biological) than more dispersed settlement does. In fact, the city-defining characteristics widely supposed to result in environmental penalties do much to account for cities' environmental advantages. As of 2008 (according to U.N. statistics), more people live in cities than in rural areas. Meyer's analysis clarifies the effects of such a profound shift, covering a full range of environmental issues in urban settings"--Page 4 of cover
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
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Meyer, William B
Dewey number
307.76
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HT241
LC item number
.M49 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Urban and industrial environments
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  • Urban ecology (Sociology)
  • Urbanization
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Climatic changes
Label
The environmental advantages of cities : countering commonsense antiurbanism, William B. Meyer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ecological disruption -- Resource consumption -- Pollution -- Natural hazards -- Technological hazards -- Infectious disease -- Human habitat -- Conclusion
Control code
812791704
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 234 pages
Isbn
9780262518468
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012037155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)812791704
Label
The environmental advantages of cities : countering commonsense antiurbanism, William B. Meyer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ecological disruption -- Resource consumption -- Pollution -- Natural hazards -- Technological hazards -- Infectious disease -- Human habitat -- Conclusion
Control code
812791704
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 234 pages
Isbn
9780262518468
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012037155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)812791704

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