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there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to forfeit if you forgo a six-hour $129 nonstop flight and opt instead for an Amtrak sleeper car. Covering the interjacent 2,448.8 miles can easily consume some 67 hours for a mind-boggling $1,089. (New York Times, 03-22-19)
Further to Philip's article on Amtrak, I have recently published a book on cities and climate change, which includes issues of transportation, as well as architecture. If it's of interest, you can get a 20% discount at this website.
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Kelbaugh, D. (2019). The Urban Fix. New York: Routledge,https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429057441
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Cities are one of the most significant contributors to global climate change. The rapid speed at which urban centers use large amounts of resources adds to the global crisis and can lead to extreme local heat. The Urban Fix addresses how urban design, planning and policies can counter the threats of climate change, urban heat islands and overpopulation, helping cities take full advantage of their inherent advantages and new technologies to catalyze social, cultural and physical solutions to combat the epic, unprecedented challenges humanity faces.
The book fills a conspicuous void in the international dialogue on climate change and heat islands by examining both the environmental benefits in developed countries and the population benefit in developing countries. Urban heat islands can be addressed in incremental, manageable steps, such as planting trees and painting roofs white, which provide a more concrete and proactive sense of progress for policymakers and practitioners. This book is invaluable to anyone searching for a better understanding of the impact of resilient cities in the monumental and urgent fight against climate change, and provides the tools to do so.
Chapter 1. Connecting The Dots, Climate Change, Heat Islands, Overpopulation And Cities
Chapter 2. Triple Threat: UHIs, CC and Overpopulation
Chapter 3. Urban Albedo And Morphology
Chapter 4. Waste Heat
Chapter 5. Cool Micro-climates And Urban Trees
Chapter 6. Policies and Case Studies
Chapter 7. The Sharing Cosmopolis, Prosperity Without Growth
Chapter 8. Cities: Our Last, Best Hope
Chapter 9. Time To Act