Paradox in the city

Urban complications regarding climate change and climate justice 1

Authored by: Michael Goldsby

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138928787
eBook ISBN: 9781315681597
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Given that most of the world’s human population can be found in cities, any serious study of climate change must account for cities. Thus, the philosophy of climate change must consider the philosophical and scientific issues related to the city. This chapter takes up this challenge to explore the climate paradox, wherein US cities are becoming greener, but emissions are increasing. This is the result of three problems: the problems of measurement, inequity, and moral corruption. The presence of the climate paradox indicates that meaningful climate action will have to address these three problems.

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