This book provides an overview of the large and interdisciplinary literature on the substance and process of urban climate change planning and design, using the most important articles from the last 15 years to engage readers in understanding problems and finding solutions to this increasingly critical issue. The Reader’s particular focus is how the impacts of climate change can be addressed in urban and suburban environments—what actions can be taken, as well as the need for and the process of climate planning. Both reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as adapting to future climate are explored. Many of the emerging best practices in this field involve improving the green infrastructure of the city and region—providing better on-site stormwater management, more urban greening to address excess heat, zoning for regional patterns of open space and public transportation corridors, and similar actions. These actions may also improve current public health and livability in cities, bringing benefits now and into the future. This Reader is innovative in bringing climate adaptation and green infrastructure together, encouraging a more hopeful perspective on the great challenge of climate change by exploring both the problems of climate change and local solutions.

section Section I|42 pages

Understanding the Problem—Climate Change and Urban Areas

section Section II|55 pages

Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Urban Areas

chapter |4 pages


chapter 5|7 pages

Stabilization Wedges

Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years With Current Technologies

chapter 10|6 pages

Climate Change and Health in Cities

Impacts of Heat and Air Pollution and Potential Co-Benefits from Mitigation and Adaptation

section Section III|62 pages

Adaptation, Risk, and Resilience

chapter |4 pages


chapter 11|18 pages

IPCC, 2012: Summary for Policymakers

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

chapter 13|13 pages

The Climate Gap

Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

section Section IV|52 pages

Green Infrastructure, Urban Form, and Adaptation

chapter |4 pages


chapter 17|11 pages

The Green Infrastructure Transect

An Organizational Framework for Mainstreaming Adaptation Planning Policies

chapter 18|11 pages

Adapting Cities for Climate Change

The Role of the Green Infrastructure

chapter 19|13 pages

Climate Change in Suburbs

An Exploration of Key Impacts and Vulnerabilities

section Section V|63 pages

Green Infrastructure for Urban Heat and Stormwater

chapter |4 pages


chapter 21|17 pages

Planning for Cooler Cities

A Framework to Prioritise Green Infrastructure to Mitigate High Temperatures in Urban Landscapes

chapter 22|13 pages

How to Make a City Climate-Proof

Addressing the Urban Heat Island Effect

chapter 23|10 pages

Urban Design and Adapting to Flood Risk

The Role of Green Infrastructure

chapter 24|9 pages

Green Infrastructure

A Landscape Approach

section Section VI|43 pages

Introduction to Green Infrastructure for Rising Sea Levels and Coastal Risks

section Section VII|49 pages

Implementing the Vision