The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

Environmental Concerns

Environmental concerns

Water, air, and noise pollution along with toxic waste from industry are environmental concerns. Sewage and garbage pollution from housing, a lack of open space and dangers from traffic because of poor or non-existent planning also plague the environment. There are also issues that are relevant only to specific areas of the globe, but which are important nevertheless. These include the ability to spread disease rapidly in dense urban areas, such as the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, or flu virus threats. Animal attacks in urban areas due to incursion of humans on animal habitat, such as alligators in Florida, cougars in California, and more recently, leopards in India, kangaroos in Australia and foxes in the inner suburbs of London, are also environmental concerns. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods in certain places ...

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