Published on January 16th, 2014 | by Jo Borrás1
Cities or Suburbs, Which is Better for the Environment?
It’s a question that comes up every few “friendly debates” over environmental issues like suburban sprawl, wetland conservation, etc. Which is really better for the environment, cities or suburbs?
The answer, of course, depends on who you ask and what you mean by “better”. In the case of climate-altering greenhouse emissions, though, I think we can all agree that fewer=better, and you might be surprised to find that the “cities or suburbs” debate about greenhouse gases might not fall on the side that you think. Andrew Meggison, from our sister site Gas 2, has more on the story, below.
A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley has found that cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than suburbs in the United States. So how does that work? City life isn’t exactly “clean” per se, as crowding…