Global warming and our urban future

ghg-tables1Worldchanging reports on yet more evidence of urban living being less carbon-intensive than suburban living:

The authors of this study, published in The Journal of Urban Planning and Development, quantified the emissions from building materials and construction, home heating and power demands, and transportation energy, in both urban suburban neighborhoods in the Toronto metro area. And they found that downtown residents use radically less energy, and consequently emit about two-thirds less climate-warming CO2 than their suburban counterparts.

I had been vaguely aware that the suburban lifestyle produced more greenhouse gases, but the extent is surprising.

One thought on “Global warming and our urban future”

  1. You wouldn’t be surprised if you lived in a suburb. You can’t get to anything without a car. Even city dwellers with cars can walk to a lot more things, like corner grocery stores.

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