How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future


By Matthew E. Kahn

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Climatopolis documents the thinking of a first-rate economist on one of the most pressing issues of our time” — Nature

We have released the genie from the bottle: climate change is coming, and there’s no stopping it. The question, according to environmental economist Matthew E. Kahn, is not how we’re going to avoid a hotter future but how we’re going to adapt to it. In Climatopolis, Kahn argues that cities and regions will adapt to rising temperatures over time, slowly transforming our everyday lives as we change our behaviors and our surroundings. Taking the reader on a tour of the world’s cities- from New York to Beijing to Mumbai — Kahn’s clear-eyed, engaging, and optimistic message presents a positive yet realistic picture of what our urban future will look like.
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  • "Figuring out why I disagree with Matt Kahn's arguments leaves me seeing the world in a different way. That's rare. And Kahn writes so well that it's always a fun ride regardless of where the journey ends. Climatopolis is no exception. Read it for one vision of our hot, humid, hazy future."
    Ray Fisman, co-author of Economic Gangsters
  • "It is read books which look at the warming to come not as a frightful warning, nor as a fait accompli, but as something to which, at some levels of change, people will have to adapt--and which in some settings they may adapt to rather well."
  • "[E]ngaging and provocative.... Professor Kahn's book provides a helpful middle ground between the extreme climate Cassandras and those who snort at climate change."
    Edward L. Glaeser, New York Times Economix Blog

On Sale
Jun 25, 2013
Page Count
288 pages
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Matthew E. Kahn

About the Author

Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, UCLA Law School, and the Anderson School of Management. He is also a member of the university’s departments of economics and public policy. A research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Kahn lives in Los Angeles.

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