Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment, by Matthew E. Kahn gives exploration of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) based on the hypothesis that the connection between environmental quality and per capita revenue follows a bell-formed curve.
What’s a green metropolis? What does it imply to say that San Francisco or Vancouver is extra “green” than Houston or Beijing? When does city progress decrease environmental quality, and when does it yield environmental gains? How can cities deal with the environmental challenges posed by development? These are the questions Matthew Kahn takes on this sensible and fascinating book.
Written in a full of life, accessible model, Inexperienced Cities takes the reader on a tour of the intensive economic literature on the environmental penalties of city growth. Author analyzes a number of critiques of the EKC and discusses the implications of progress in city population and surface area, in addition to income. The concluding chapter addresses the function of cities in promoting local weather change and asks how cities in flip are more likely to be affected by this trend.
Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment factors out although economics is named the “dismal science,” economists are sometimes fairly optimistic about the relationship between city improvement and the environment. In distinction, many ecologists and environmentalists stay wary of the environmental consequences of free-market growth.
Somewhat than try to settle this dispute, this book conveys the joy of an ongoing debate. Green Cities does not present straightforward solutions complex dilemmas. It does something extra vital –it provides the tools readers want to research these points on their own.
Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment [Paperback]
Matthew E. Kahn
Brookings Institution Press (September 1, 2006)