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  •  Do urban centers really have less (0+ / 0-)

    environmental impact than other areas? That one sentence really set me back in my chair. I live in NYC, and I cannot imagine it having less environmental impact than a suburb of Canton, OH or a rural community in Nebraska. Really?

    This statement just kind of made me call into question everything else that was written in the piece, even the parts I agreed with...

    the environmental value of the lower impact cities have upon the environment.

    Lower than...what, exactly?

    We have brownouts in the afternoons just from people turning the air conditioners on.

    The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. - Edwin Schlossberg

    by Caractacus on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 04:12:58 PM PDT

    •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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      theran, RosyFinch

      Via Urban City Architecture:

      A study in the April issue of Environment and Urbanization by David Dodman of the International Institute for Environment and Development is another powerful tool in understanding the environmental benefits of cities.  It says that greenhouse gas emissions of city dwellers are often far smaller than the national averages.  

      The study, titled "Blaming cities for climate change? An analysis of urban greenhouse gas emissions inventories", looked at 11 major cities on four continents, including London, Tokyo, New York and Rio de Janeiro and concluded that city dwellers often have a smaller carbon footprint that the country they are located in.

      The study found that per-capita greenhouse gas emissions for a Londoner in 2004 were the equivalent of 6.2 tonnes of CO2, compared with 11.19 for the UK average.  In the US, New Yorkers register footprints of 7.1 tonnes each, less than a third of the US average of 23.92 tonnes.   Those of Barcelona residents are half the average for Spain.

      There is a link there to details of the study.

    •  Yes, they do n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "Dream for just a second and then do it!" -- Kolmogorov

      by theran on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 07:47:59 PM PDT

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