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Climatopolis

Book Description

We have released the genie from the bottle: climate change is coming, and there’s no stopping it. The question, according to environmental economist Matthew E. Kahn, is not how we’re going to avoid a hotter future but how we’re going to adapt to it. In Climatopolis, Kahn argues that cities and regions will adapt to rising temperatures over time, slowly transforming our everyday lives as we change our behaviors and our surroundings. Taking the reader on a tour of the world’s cities— from New York to Beijing to Mumbai—Kahn’s clear-eyed, engaging, and optimistic message presents a positive yet realistic picture of what our urban future will look like.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. 1 - TOO MUCH GAS
  3. 2 - WHAT WE’VE DONE WHEN OUR CITIES HAVE BLOWN UP
    1. Lesson 1: Destruction Often Triggers a Boom
    2. Lesson 2: A Federal Government “Jump Start” Is Not a Free Lunch
    3. Lesson 3: Government Activism Can Put More People at Risk
    4. Lesson 4: What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger
    5. Lesson 5: Don’t Forget the Little Guys
    6. Lesson 6: We Are Not All in the Same Boat
    7. Lesson 7: People Migrate in Response to Shocks
  4. 3 - KING OF THE HILL
    1. The Current Menu of Destination Choices
    2. The New, Hotter Playing Field?
    3. The Super Bowl
    4. Urban Quality of Life
    5. Some Gutsy Predictions
    6. Some Specifics from San Diego
    7. How Will At-Risk Cities Compete in Our Hotter World?
    8. Do Greens Do It Better?
    9. Green Cities versus Climate-Safe Cities
    10. Naming the Low-Carbon Cities
    11. Naming the Most Climate-Resilient Cities
  5. 4 - PLAYING ONE-ON-ONE WITH KOBE BRYANT
    1. Will LA Lose Its Cool?
    2. The Return of Smog?
    3. The Death of Green Grass?
    4. How Do We Allocate Scarce Water?
    5. Engineering Solutions to Water Shortage?
    6. Will California’s Farmers Bail Out the City Slickers?
    7. Come on Baby, Light My Fire
    8. Los Angeles Has a Subway?
    9. Could Public Transit Become Hip in Los Angeles?
    10. Hurdles: Local Growth Controls
    11. Sacrifice Golf to Save the People
    12. Prices Matter
  6. 5 - WILL MANHATTAN FLOOD?
    1. Increased Danger in the Big City
    2. Planning Ahead to Avoid Risk Posed by Climate Change
    3. Mayor Bloomberg Looks into the Future
    4. Would Threats to Manhattan Weaken the New York Economy?
    5. Who Suffers from Climate Change?
    6. Magic Bullets and Technological Fixes
    7. Paying for a Good Defense
  7. 6 - WILL CHINA’S CITIES GO GREEN?
    1. A Green City Future?
    2. Growth and the Environment
    3. A Transition Tom Friedman Would Salute
    4. The Powerful State’s Role in Climate Change Adaptation
    5. Playing Favorites
    6. Vampire Cities
    7. Will Communist Party Mayors “Climate-Proof” Their Cities?
    8. My Bet
  8. 7 - BONO’S ANXIETY
    1. Farming Adaptation
    2. The Growth of the Urban Poor
    3. Rising Inequality in Cities
    4. The Public Health Challenges Caused by Urban Population Growth
    5. Deaths from Natural Disasters
    6. Government to the Rescue?
    7. Economic Development and Carbon Emissions
    8. Economic Development Will Facilitate Adaptation
    9. History Lessons on the Benefits of Growth
    10. Where Not to Buy Real Estate in the Developing World
  9. 8 - SEIZE THE DAY: OPPORTUNITIES FROM OUR HOTTER FUTURE
    1. When the Weather Gets Better
    2. Skiing
    3. International Trade
    4. The Intuition of Climate Change Adaptation Is the Absence of Arbitrage
    5. Innovation and Adaptation
    6. Risk Allocation Markets
    7. New Insurance Opportunities versus Price Gouging
    8. Opportunities Created by Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Efforts
    9. Coal
    10. Ships and Trains
    11. The Birth of the Hydrogen Hummer
    12. Jobs
    13. Star Trek Now
  10. 9 - THE FUTURE OF CITIES
    1. Forecasting Our Future
    2. Optimism
    3. Spin and the Culture Wars
    4. Do Economists Love Cities Too Much?
    5. The Food Chain
    6. My Doubts?
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. NOTES
  13. SUGGESTED FURTHER READINGS
  14. INDEX
  15. Copyright Page