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Life After Carbon

The Next Global Transformation of Cities
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The future of our cities is not what it used to be. The modern-city model that took hold globally in the twentieth century has outlived its usefulness. It cannot solve the problems it helped to create - especially global warming. Fortunately, a new model for urban development is emerging in cities to aggressively tackle the realities of climate change. It transforms the way cities design and use physical space, generate economic wealth, consume and dispose of resources, exploit and sustain the natural ecosystems, and prepare for the future.

In Life After Carbon, urban sustainability consultants Pete Plastrik and John Cleveland assemble this global pattern of urban reinvention from the stories of 25 "innovation lab" cities across the globe - from Copenhagen to Melbourne. A city innovation lab is the entire city - the complex, messy, real urban world where innovations must work. It is a city in which government, business, and community leaders take to heart the challenge of climate change and converge on the radical changes that are necessary. They free downtowns from cars, turn buildings into renewable-energy power plants, re-nature entire neighborhoods, incubate growing numbers of clean-energy and smart-tech companies, convert waste to energy, and much more. Plastrik and Cleveland show that four transformational ideas are driving urban climate innovation around the world, in practice, not just in theory: carbon-free advantage, efficient abundance, nature's benefits, and adaptive futures. And these ideas are thriving in markets, professions, consumer trends, community movements, and "higher" levels of government that enable cities.

Life After Carbon presents the new ideas that are replacing the pillars of the modern-city model, converting climate disaster into urban opportunity, and shaping the next transformation of cities worldwide. It will inspire anyone who cares about the future of our cities, and help them to map a sustainable path forward.

©2018 Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Editorial Review

The front lines of urban sustainability

Climate change has been a hot topic in 2018. With most headlines emphasizing the damage done and changes coming, the examples of positive action and change in Life After Carbon feel like a much needed breath of fresh air (pun totally intended). Highlighting the work done in 25 “innovation lab” cities around the world, Plastrik and Cleveland explore the progressive insight and innovative new practices from the front lines of urban sustainability and eco-consciousness. While there’s still a ton of work to be done, I now can’t help but feel an invigorated glimmer of hope for the changing futures of our cities, for our planet, and for 2019. —Michael C., Audible Editor

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Wanted to like this because I like the subject matter, but it was a struggle. Biggest challenge might have been fighting through the robotic voice. But also felt the story itself bounced around a little too much. It was hard to detect the structure and follow it. Some interesting tidbits but didn’t feel cohesive.

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Robot voice?!!

This is read by a robot. It’s so much less engaging than a human reader. Disappointed I wasted money on this audiobook.

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  • Waldo
  • 06-28-19

Under-informative content, with overly feel-good narration.

Under-informative content, with overly feel-good narration.
Don’t waste your time and money. Avoid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

Captivating story with fascinating descriptions

An insightful view into not only the future, but what is happening now.
This book leaves the politics aside and jumps into the real issues of climate change and how cities are already responding.
As an investor in future technologies, I found this book a treasure trove of information.