Why capitalism could save us from climate change
Zocalo Public Square hosted an author talk with IoES Professor and "Climatopolis" author Matt Kahn.
"Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future," outlines the threats Los Angeles and other cities face from hotter temperatures, and why the consumer culture that so contributed to climate change could actually help save us from it.
Over the next 20 years, hundreds of millions of people will move to cities, demanding the economic opportunities and material comforts of urban life: air conditioning, personal computers, rich diets, cars, cell phones. In 1950, only 30 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas; by 2030, that figure will rise to 60 percent. While cities have long propelled economic growth and brought prosperity to their residents, how will they fare as populations increase, temperatures rise, natural disasters threaten, and resources grow scarce?
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Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010