Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Glaeser interview on Cities and Climate Change
As part of a radio show on the recently declared Anthropocene (we're already 8000 years into it!), Big Picture Science featured an interview with Ed Glaeser (Harvard-Economics) about how city living moderates rather than aggravates global warming. The Glaeser interview begins 22 minutes into the show. Among other things, I learned that the entire population of the Earth could be housed on 1/10th-acre lots within the land area that makes up Texas. (I call the intersection down the block from Festa's house!)
In arguing for urbanization as a vital greening strategy (or at least an alternative to hunter-gatherer existence), Glaeser draws upon his book, Triumph of the CIty. Matt blogged about David Reiss's review of that book here.
Good idea, but Festa doesn't have a house-- just a townhome on 1/16 acre! (that's probably why the density ratio would work over Texas)
Posted by: Matt | Apr 10, 2013 8:43:24 PM