Are we missing the point? Particulars of urbanization, sustainability and carbon emissions in Latin American cities

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Romero Lankao, P., 2007: Are we missing the point? Particulars of urbanization, sustainability and carbon emissions in Latin American cities. Environment and Urbanization, 19, 157-175, doi:10.1177/0956247807076915.
Date:2007-04-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Are we missing the point? Particulars of urbanization, sustainability and carbon emissions in Latin American cities
Abstract: The discourse on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities is dominated by ecological modernization theory, which focuses primarily on technological approaches supported by market mechanisms to curb carbon emissions. This discourse has contributed to a research and management agenda. Yet this is based primarily on perceptions and precedents drawn from high-income nations. This paper draws on empirical evidence from Latin American cities for a critical discussion of the usefulness and limitations of this approach when applied to cities in low- and middle-income nations. The paper suggests that for such cities, ecological modernization is an inappropriate framework for addressing global (and local) environmental problems.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2011 by International Institute for Environment and Development
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d76973tr
Publisher's Version: 10.1177/0956247807076915
Author(s):
  • Patricia Romero Lankao - NCAR/UCAR
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