Emergent Urbanism as the Transformative force in Saving the Planet
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The most significant force in saving the planet is when cities begin to grow without using fossil fuels. The great urban revolution of the twentieth century was based around a continuing growth in the total and per capita consumption of fossil fuels leading to the problems of climate change, oil security, air pollution and urban sprawl. The twenty-first century is beginning to show that this reversal may well be underway and that a new kind of city is emerging where economic growth is decoupling from fossil fuel growth and new greener, more competitive cities are emerging (Glaeser 20 I 0). Some of this evidence will be presented before outlining how we can ensure the trends continue.
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