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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.63}: ... {wren1111} Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:13:03 CDT (24 lines)
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<b>Continued sprawl will undo cuts in auto emissions, study says</b>
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<i>An expected 59% increase in the number of miles Americans drive
between 2005 and 2030 will outpace any reduction in greenhouse gases
from better fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, said a report issued
Thursday.

If there is any hope of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, a key
component of greenhouse gases, the nation needs to slow sprawl and
build more compact housing, such as lofts atop commercial buildings
in downtowns and taller buildings on less land, the report said. It
was compiled by the Urban Land Institute and issued by the Michigan
Environmental Council.

The authors said development patterns that put housing further from
workplaces contribute to climate change and changes in those
patterns are crucial in slowing global warming. Smart state and
local planning is needed, said Brad Garmon of the Michigan
Environmental Council.

Michigan residents are driving more than ever before, leading to
increases in vehicle fuel emissions, the researchers said.

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