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Cities Greener Than Suburbs

By Clark Williams-Derry

Urban living can reduce your carbon footprint.

When it comes to the climate, are cities slicker than suburbs? Researcher Ed Glaeser says yes: city living can substantially reduce your carbon footprint, compared with a home in a distant suburb.

Americans who settle in leafy, low-density suburbs will leave a significantly deeper carbon footprint, it turns out, than Americans who live cheek by jowl in urban towers…When environmentalists resist new construction in their dense but environmentally friendly cities, they inadvertently ensure that it will take place somewhere else—somewhere with higher carbon emissions.

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