Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

“Almost 3 billion people are deprived of at least one basic human need: lack of access to food, drinking water, shelter, basic health services” and “some 19,000 children will die today of easily preventable causes” (page 2).

While environmental damage has in the past been accepted as an unfortunate but necessary victim of capitalism and urbanization, in Regreening the Built Environment Michael A Richards advocates a paradigm shift.

Though Detroit was once the iconic “Worst City of America”, since 2009 Americans have started to celebrate the possibility of the city’s resurgence.

Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City is concerned with how we can feed ourselves into the future, and with major aspects of climate adaptation and/or mitigation (page 1).

Experiments is published by Next City – a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism & events around the world.

Thirsting for a Future opens with a provocative sentence: “No one suffers more from a change in climate than a child” (page 8).

Water and Politics comes at a time when the problem of water delivery to millions of urban residents in the global South is “increasingly fraught with inequality, corruption and social conflict” (page 214).

Self-reliance is, by definition, about individualized responsibility for social wellbeing and economic security. This idea drives urban refugee livelihood programmes, in India and beyond, as aid organizations seek to ensure refugees do not depend on assistance long term.

The Boko Haram insurgency has engulfed many parts of Northern Nigeria since 2010. About 2 million people have fled into urban areas around crisis zones. However, barely 10 per cent of these internally displaced people (IDPs) are sheltered in formal humanitarian camps.

There has been a contentious relationship throughout history between water and cities. Cities need water for their existence; yet their very existence threatens water resources and supply, and degrades water quality.

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