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Cities and global environmental change: Exploring the links GJ. March 2007

July 2007

Recent reports illustrate the growing consensus that GEC is being driven predominantly by anthropogenic (human) activities

Cities and global environmental change: Exploring the links GJ. March 2007

The following abstract is for an article that was published in The Geographical Journal in March 2007.

Urbanization and global environmental change: 21st century challenges. Opening Plenary Session, RGS–IBG Annual Meeting, Wednesday 30 August 2006. "Cities and global environmental change: exploring the links" David Simon.

Research into global environmental change (GEC), a broader term than climate change, has been largely concerned with natural sciences and only recently has the importance of urban areas to the processes of GEC been appreciated. Recent reports, such as the Economics of Climate Change (Stern 2006), illustrate the growing consensus that GEC is being driven predominantly by anthropogenic (human) activities, and emphasise the need for an urban focus within GEC research. This paper focuses on the need to raise awareness among geographers of these issues and to look for the links between cities and global environmental change.

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