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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

The Climate Change Challenge
The Climate Change Challenge
Ian Smith

Some suburbs have problems of success; others have problems of failure. All have issues of adaptation. (Clark, 2003: 10)

INTRODUCTION

If anthropogenic climate change is a real challenge, as 99 percent of climate scientists claim, then suburbia is where the climate challenge will be met in Europe, North America and Australia (see Gleeson, 2002). Suburbs are becoming the dominant forms of urban settlement worldwide (Leichenko and Solecki, 2013: 82) and within Europe, North America and Australia they are already the place where most of us live. Thus, by default, suburbs are where most of us will experience the implications of climate change (UN Habitat, 2009). The role of the suburb is not only as ‘victim’ of climate change ...

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