1.28.2008

HOW TO REALLY COOL THE PLANET

If you want to beat back global warming, you can write in Al Gore for President, buy bamboo paint, or slap a solar panel on your roof. Or you can just move to a city. According to a report by Urban Land Institute, reversing the explosive growth in greenhouse gas levels is darn near impossible without aggressive increases in compact development: ”Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change” (warning: very large pdf file). Couple this with a boom in urban dwelling and in green construction, and you could have a very different population distribution in the post-fossil fuel economy. And, pardon the pun, that would be pretty cool.
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