Cities on a Finite Planet Towards transformative responses to climate change

Sheridan Bartlett & David Satterthwaite (editors)
Routledge pp. 274.

Cities on a Finite Planet: Transformative responses to climate change shows how cities can combine high quality living conditions, resilience to climate change, disaster risk reduction and contributions to mitigation/low carbon development. It also covers the current and potential contribution of cities to avoiding dangerous climate change and is the first book with an in-depth coverage of how cities and their governments, citizens and civil society organizations can combine these different agendas, based on careful city-level analyses.
The foundation for the book is detailed city case studies on Bangalore, Bangkok, Dar es Salaam, Durban, London, Manizales, Mexico City, New York and Rosario. Each of these was led by authors who contributed to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment and are thus acknowledged as among the world’s top specialists in this field. 
This book highlights where there is innovation and progress in cities and how this was achieved. Also where there is little progress and no action and where there is no capacity to act. It also assesses the extent to which cities can address the Sustainable Development Goals within commitments to also dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this, it highlights how much progress on these different agendas depends on local governments and their capacities to work with their low-income populations.

Preface David Satterthwaite  
1. Urbanization, development and the Sustainable Development Goals David Satterthwaite and Sheridan Bartlett  
2. Understanding Risk in the Context of Urban Development: Definitions, Concepts and Pathways Arabella Fraser, Mark Pelling and Bill Solecki  
3. Bangalore, India Aromar Revi, SP Gajjar, Amir Bazaz, Garima Jain and Ritwika Basu  
4. Bangkok. Thailand Shobhakar Dhakal and Ashish Shrestha  
5. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Robert Kiunsi  
6. Durban, South Africa Debra Roberts , Derek Morgan , Sean O’Donoghue , Lisa Guastella , Nongcebo Hlongwa and Penny Price  
7. London, United Kingdom Sari Kovats, Mark Pelling, Markella Koniordou, Jörn Birkmann and Torsten Welle  
8. Manizales, Colombia Jorgelina Hardoy and Luz Stella Velásquez Barrero  
9. Mexico City, Mexico Fernando Aragón-Durand and Gian Carlo Delgado-Ramos  
10. New York, United States of America William Solecki, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Stephen Solecki, Lesley Patrick, Radley Horton and Michael Borsch  
11. Rosario. Argentina Jorgelina Hardoy , Vanessa Herrera and Daniela Mastrangelo  
12. Cross city analysis Sheridan Bartlett, David Satterthwaite, Debra Roberts, Jan Corfee-Morlot, David Dodman and Jorgelina Hardoy  
13. Conclusions on ways forward David Satterthwaite, Sheridan Bartlett, Debra Roberts, David Dodman, William Solecki, Alice Sverdlik and Mark Pelling