1st Edition

Cities on a Finite Planet Towards transformative responses to climate change

Edited By Sheridan Bartlett, David Satterthwaite Copyright 2016
    306 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cities on a Finite Planet: Transformative responses to climate change shows how cities can combine high quality living conditions, resilience to climate change, disaster risk reduction and contributions to mitigation/low carbon development. It also covers the current and potential contribution of cities to avoiding dangerous climate change and is the first book with an in-depth coverage of how cities and their governments, citizens and civil society organizations can combine these different agendas, based on careful city-level analyses.

    The foundation for the book is detailed city case studies on Bangalore, Bangkok, Dar es Salaam, Durban, London, Manizales, Mexico City, New York and Rosario. Each of these was led by authors who contributed to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment and are thus acknowledged as among the world’s top specialists in this field.

    This book highlights where there is innovation and progress in cities and how this was achieved. Also where there is little progress and no action and where there is no capacity to act. It also assesses the extent to which cities can address the Sustainable Development Goals within commitments to also dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this, it highlights how much progress on these different agendas depends on local governments and their capacities to work with their low-income populations.


    Preface David Satterthwaite  1. Urbanization, development and the Sustainable Development Goals David Satterthwaite and Sheridan Bartlett  2. Understanding Risk in the Context of Urban Development: Definitions, Concepts and Pathways Arabella Fraser, Mark Pelling and Bill Solecki  3. Bangalore, India Aromar Revi, SP Gajjar, Amir Bazaz, Garima Jain and Ritwika Basu  4. Bangkok. Thailand Shobhakar Dhakal and Ashish Shrestha  5. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Robert Kiunsi  6. Durban, South Africa Debra Roberts , Derek Morgan , Sean O’Donoghue , Lisa Guastella , Nongcebo Hlongwa and Penny Price  7. London, United Kingdom Sari Kovats, Mark Pelling, Markella Koniordou, Jörn Birkmann and Torsten Welle   8. Manizales, Colombia Jorgelina Hardoy and Luz Stella Velásquez Barrero  9. Mexico City, Mexico Fernando Aragón-Durand and Gian Carlo Delgado-Ramos  10. New York, United States of America William Solecki, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Stephen Solecki, Lesley Patrick, Radley Horton and Michael Dorsch  11. Rosario. Argentina Jorgelina Hardoy , Vanessa Herrera and Daniela Mastrangelo  12. Cross city analysis Sheridan Bartlett, David Satterthwaite, Debra Roberts, Jan Corfee-Morlot, David Dodman and Jorgelina Hardoy  13. Conclusions on ways forward David Satterthwaite, Sheridan Bartlett, Debra Roberts, David Dodman, William Solecki, Alice Sverdlik and Mark Pelling


    Sheridan Bartlett is a research associate at the Children’s Environments Research Group at CUNY Graduate Center in New York, USA. She works primarily on issues of urban poverty as they affect children in low income countries, bridging the gaps between the work of child-focused agencies and the broader development context.

    David Satterthwaite is a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and a Visiting Professor at University College London, UK. He was a coordinating lead author of the chapter on urban areas in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment (Working Group II) and contributed to the IPCC’s Third and Fourth Assessments. 

    "The contributors to this volume have already inspired generations of scholars and practitioners in development planning. With this book they demonstrate that urban governance is key to deliver a sustainable urban future for all. They do so by engaging with rich empirical evidence of actual cases of cities that have worked actively to deliver sustainability outcomes. A must-read for anyone seeking to make transformative change from within cities and urban areas."Vanesa Castán Broto, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK

    "Never before has a book assembled such evidence of the successes and struggles of cities in their quest for preparing for a world with climate change. It promotes the importance of learning from the experience of cities, unifying a deep drill of nine case studies that distil the essence of what works, what does not work, and why. This book represents a powerhouse of knowledge from distinguished scholars in the field. Every local policy maker should have this information and can do no better than to begin with this book."Diana Reckien, Assistant Professor for Climate Change, University of Twente, Netherlands, and Coordinating Chapter Lead Author of Assessment Report of Climate Change and Cities