http://www.alternet.org/environment/americans-are-more-worried-about-global-warming-they-are-about-climate-change

Urban Planning for Climate Change

I just came across this report from Edward J. Blakely, 2007 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. I used it in grad school for a few reports. Below is the abstract and a link to the full report. After the wacky weather this December and most of 2015, I felt this was a great report to end the year with.

“Scientific opinion is now unanimous that global temperatures are likely to continue to rise with concomitant extreme weather patterns and events. There is a protean body of scientific literature available on global warming and climate change, which is affecting urban living in every respect from ‘heat islands’, continuous light and sea level changes as well as severe droughts and floods paralysing urban areas. Urban planning implications are reflected in buildings, street and community design for more environmentally sustainable cities. The urban science related to climate change and its implications for human settlement is in its early stages. Nonetheless, climate change is already becoming a concern of insurance and actuarial industries as they begin to assess risk to human settlement, construction and other risks associated with atmospheric conditions. These cannot be anticipated and need to be examined with a new paradigm for urban problem solving which is outlined in this paper.”

1310_Blakely Final

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