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Edited by Francisco J. Carrillo and Cathy Garner

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City Preparedness for the Climate Crisis

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Edited by Francisco J. Carrillo and Cathy Garner

Exploring the ways that contemporary urban life takes the Holocene for granted, this multidisciplinary book warns that anthropogenic environmental impacts are on course to challenge the viability of most human settlements. It highlights how, despite increased warnings, most cities appear to be in denial of the potential impending catastrophes and remain ill-prepared to handle major disruptions.
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Danuta Kaźmierczak

The world today is facing an unprecedented concurrence of threats both natural and human-driven, ranging from climate change, humanitarian crises with mass migration, water and food shortages to political intrusions, high- and low-intensity conflicts, new wars, slavery, terrorism and chemical weapons. The shock and turbulence they produce have become an intrinsic property of reality, creating an unstable and insecure world in which to live, at the beginning of "Anthropocene". The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch characterized by pervasive human influence on Earth's system, its atmosphere, lands, oceans, and biogeochemical nutrient cycling (Crutzen & Stoermer, 2000; Crutzen, 2006). It seems "to show high rates of free energy flows. The need to change and to adopt wisely to this liquid environment is increasing the sensations of insecurity and fragility experienced by people" (Peres et al., 2019: 117).

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Cathy Garner

Cities are in the front line of climate change. They not only need to cope with the unprecedented challenges it creates but due to the significance of their contribution to that change, must be vital protagonists in its mitigation. This timely volume has done much, not only to explore why it is important for cities to take action, but more importantly perhaps, to highlight current barriers and blockages that we face in seeking to drive that change and to propose ways in which they may be overcome.

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Sirkku Juhola

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Francisco Javier Carrillo and Cathy Garner

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Transforming Energy Systems

Economics, Policies and Change

Steven Fries

Recognizing the urgent need to transform energy systems to low-carbon alternatives, this timely book offers evidenced and credible ways to accelerate actions towards meeting the Paris Agreement goals and achieving net zero emissions. Steven Fries analyses through the lens of government, business and household actions—their policies and investments—the systemic changes needed to eliminate net carbon dioxide emissions from energy.
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Edited by Francisco J. Carrillo and Günter Koch