If our planet is going to survive global warming, we need to act rapidly to reduce emissions. We don’t have time to wait for national governments to agree on how to keep the average temperature rise within 1.5 degrees (the level now accepted as scientifically required). David Miller argues that it’s time to pin our hopes for global change on cities. Miller presents a clear-eyed and compelling case that significant progress can be made at the local level by duplicating the actions of nine leading cities, at pace and scale, around the world.
Studies undertaken by the C40 climate leadership group show that 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities, predominantly in the areas of buildings, electricity generation, transportation, and waste. Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis demonstrates that initiatives in Addis Ababa, Austin, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York City, San Francisco, Shenzhen, Tokyo, and Toronto can make a significant difference in reducing global emissions if replicated in cities around the world.
By chronicling the human stories of how these measures came about, Miller empowers readers to fix the climate crisis. As much a "how to" guide for policymakers as a work for the public, Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis aims to inspire hope through its clear and factual analysis of what can be done – now, today – to mitigate our harmful emissions and begin the path to a 1.5-degree world.