Monday, February 11, 2013

A Blog Post for my Mom

As Basic Books prepares to release the paperback version of my Climatopolis, I thought that my mom would enjoy this.  She didn't like the book but maybe she will like the back cover (see below)?  This book is going to age well.  Folks are waking up that adaptation is a rational response to an ambiguous threat.  We are not passive victims. Instead, we control our destiny.  Individuals and firms, not governments, will lead this effort and all urbanites will enjoy a better standard of living because of these self interested efforts.  This is the ultimate test of the "invisible hand"!  
How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future
Matthew E. Kahn

Climatopolis documents the thinking of a first-rate economist on one of the most pressing issues of our time.”Nature



Cities are the engines of economic growth and the foundation of our prosperity. But what will become of them as our world gets hotter? In Climatopolis, Matthew E. Kahn, one of the world’s foremost experts on the economics of the environment and of cities, argues that our future lies in our ability to adapt. Cities and regions will slowly transform as we change our behaviors and our surroundings in response to the changing climate, whether that means coping with rising sea level or annual hundred-year floods. Taking the reader on a tour of the world’s cities—from New York to Los Angeles, Beijing to Mumbai—Kahn presents a clear-eyed, optimistic picture of what our urban future will look like.

“Climate change is being driven by economic activity and will have to be tackled by economic measures. Kahn discusses these with enthusiasm and energy.”Financial Times


“Vivid and accessible.”—Science News

Matthew E. Kahn, one of the world’s leading experts on both cities and the economics of the environment, is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the UCLA Department of Economics, and the UCLA Department of Public Policy. He is also research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He lives in Los Angeles.

Business & Economics / Environment
$16.99 US / $19.99 CAN

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