The New Geography of Contemporary Urbanization and the Environment

  • Seto K
  • Sánchez-Rodríguez R
  • Fragkias M
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Abstract

Contemporary urbanization differs from historical patterns of urban growth in terms of scale, rate, location, form, and function. This re- view discusses the characteristics of contemporary urbanization and the roles of urban planning, governance, agglomeration, and globalization forces in driving and shaping the relationship between urbanization and the environment. We highlight recent research on urbanization and global change in the context of sustainability as well as opportu- nities for bundling urban development efforts, climate mitigation, and adaptation strategies to create synergies to transition to sustainability. We conclude with an analysis of global greenhouse gas emissions un- der different scenarios of future urbanization growth and discuss their implications. 167

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Authors

  • Karen C. Seto

  • Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez

  • Michail Fragkias

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