The Great Transition
Follow
Find tag "cities"
24.5K views | +8 today
The Great Transition
Policy news & blueprints for the transition to a new Sustainable and Social Economy
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Willy De Backer
Scoop.it!

Broke, crowded & hot: Top 3 reasons to flee big cities

Broke, crowded & hot: Top 3 reasons to flee big cities | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

As a weakened economy starts to rub up against the natural limits of life on Earth — such as peak oil and climate change — the biggest cities may become less and less attractive places to live."

Willy De Backer's insight:

More realistic assessment of the role of cities in the Great Transition. The 'green cities' dream will turn out to be a fantasy.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Willy De Backer
Scoop.it!

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts arising from built environment growth pose additional concerns for urban residents also expected to deal with impacts resulting from global climate change?

 

Contrary to some sustainability thinkers (most of them brought up in cities, I suppose) this study rightly questions further urbanisation as the path towards a more sustainable world.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Willy De Backer
Scoop.it!

Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits

Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio."

 

Interesting analysis: if we look at the total footprint of cities, how sustainable are they really? Is urbanisation really the key to future sustainability? And what about the social sustainability of cities in a world of increasing inequality?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Willy De Backer
Scoop.it!

Design in the light of dark energy

Design in the light of dark energy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"When the new Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Mario Monti, gave his acceptance speech to the Italian Senate before Christmas, he used the word "growth" 28 times and the word "energy" - well, zero times. Why would this supposed technocrat neglect even to mention the biophysical basis of the world's economy? Energy, after all, is at the heart of industrial growth society: industrial production, our cities, our transport systems, our buildings and infrastructure, food and water flows, the internet - they all critically depend on oil and gas."

 

Brilliant analysis of the energy myopia of our growth theocrats and the implications of energy scarcity on the future of cities. Also includes some serious inconvenient challenges for the renewables theocrats.

more...
No comment yet.