A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas, and carbon

Patricia Romero-Lankao, Kevin R. Gurney, Karen C. Seto, Mikhail Chester, Riley M. Duren, Sara Hughes, Lucy R. Hutyra, Peter Marcotullio, Lawrence Baker, Nancy B. Grimm, Christopher Kennedy, Elisabeth Larson, Stephanie Pincetl, Dan Runfola, Landy Sanchez, Gyami Shrestha, Johannes Feddema, Andrea Sarzynski, Joshua Sperling, Eleanor Stokes
  • Earth s Future, October 2014, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • DOI: 10.1002/2014ef000258

What we need to know to achieve low-carbon futures in cities and urbanizing areas

What is it about?

Comparing and bringing together social, biophysical, and engineering perspectives on low carbon futures, we argue for a co-produced, integrative framework for understanding urban areas, urbanization, and carbon dynamics. We discuss drivers, variations across scales of space and time, and ways that trajectories of carbon emission could be altered (and the barriers to doing so).

Why is it important?

Urban areas and urbanization contribute substantially to global CO2 emissions; thus, understanding the drivers and dynamics of urban carbon is essential to making changes toward sustainable futures. No one discipline can do this alone, so we argue for a co-produced, interdisciplinary perspective.

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