Cities aren't the only culprits in climate change


CITIES are shouldering too much of the blame for heating up the planet, while the effects of deforestation, agriculture and wasteful lifestyles are not getting the attention they deserve. So says David Satterthwaite of the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. Some 75 to 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are usually attributed to cities, but calculations he publishes in Environment and Urbanization (DOI: 10.1177/0956247808096127) tell a different story. Emissions from within city boundaries may make up as little as 30 to 40 per cent of the total,
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