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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 (HTML)

Continued sprawl will undo cuts in auto emissions, study says "http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20070920/NEWS06/70920040/1118/RSS"

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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