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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)


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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