Green Metropolis by David Owen audiobook

Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability

By David Owen
Read by Patrick Lawlor

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200117437

  • ISBN: 9798200117420

  • ISBN: 9798200117444

Runtime: 9.82 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares—as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, David Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles. Residents of Manhattan—the most densely populated place in North America—rank first in public-transit use and last in per-capita greenhouse gas production, and they consume gasoline at a rate that the country as a whole hasn't matched since the mid-1920s, when the most widely owned car in the United States was the Ford Model T. They are also among the only people in the United States for whom walking is still an important means of daily transportation. These achievements are not accidents. Spreading people thinly across the countryside may make them feel green, but it doesn't reduce the damage they do to the environment. In fact, it increases the damage, while also making the problems they cause harder to see and to address. Owen contends that the environmental problem we face, at the current stage of our assault on the world's nonrenewable resources, is not how to make teeming cities more like the pristine countryside. The problem is how to make other settled places more like Manhattan, whose residents presently come closer than any other Americans to meeting environmental goals that all of us, eventually, will have to come to terms with.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Owen's style...is cool, understated and witty; it does not appear to be in his nature to be alarmist. But this is a thoroughly alarming book. The Washington Post

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Author

Author Bio: David Owen

Author Bio: David Owen

David Owen is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a contributing editor to Golf Digest. He is the author of several books, including The First National Bank of Dad, The Chosen One, My Usual Game, and The Making of the Masters. He and his family live in Northwest Connecticut.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English