For the first time at the beginning of the twenty-first century,
urban dwellers outnumber rural residents and this trend is set to
continue. Consequently one of the most pressing issues of our time
is how to square the social and economic development of cities with
their environmental limits and those of the wider environment. The
theme of the environment and city is topical at every level, from
the politics of global trade to local community networks.
Environment and the City looks at the evolution of cities in the
developed and the developing world and the implications for
resource consumption and environmental impacts. It takes a
cross-cutting approach with new thinking on multiple geographies
the configuration of networks, exclusion, consumption, risk and
ecological footprint. Urban environmental themes and their related
social, economic and political agendas are outlined. In turn the
environmental impacts and environmental agendas relating to key
sectors of the urban economy are discussed. The global context to
such issues is then explored before the practical tools and methods
of urban environmental management are investigated. The theme of
the sustainable city emerges from this not so much as a standard
menu, but as a learning process between all sections of
This book, a valuable resource, provides a concise, accessible
route map for all students interested in the environmental issues
emanating from our urban society. Written to aid student
understanding, the easily navigable text features boxed practical
examples, discussion points, signposts to reading and websites, and
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