Published: 3rd Apr 2019

City planners are facing an ‘unenviable’ balancing act of tackling climate change and improving quality of life, according to new research. The study, which was led by experts at Newcastle University and published in the journal Cities, analysed the trade-offs between different sustainability objectives. These include minimising climate risks such as heat waves and flooding, reducing emissions from transport, constraining urban sprawl, making best use of our brownfield sites, ensuring adequate living space, and protecting green space which is important for our health and wellbeing. Focusing on London, an example of a large rapidly growing city that is also at the forefront of tackling climate change, the team show the ‘best case’ scenario would be to increase development in a small number of central locations, such as East Barnet, Wood Green and Ealing. Avoiding development along the Thames, researchers say this plan would reduce flood risk, minimise transport emissions and reduce … (To read the full article, subscribe below)