Reviewed: The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Cities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health. Managing urban heat is just as important a response to climate change as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner. Cities should prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and greenhouse gas emissions, and trees are at the top of that priority list.
Those are some of the key messages in The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. Stone is an Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an expert in the urban heat island effect: land-use changes that are producing higher temperatures in cities than in the surrounding countryside.
Read my book review: How I Got Religion on Trees