How the World's Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis

Table of contents


1. Plans
2. Energy and Electricity
3. Existing Buildings
4. New Buildings
5. Public Transportation
6. Personal and Other Transportation
7. Waste



If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly. Taking cues from progressive cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Shenzhen, and Sydney, this book is a summons to every city to make small but significant changes that can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage the average temperature rise to within 1. 5 degrees. David Miller argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can—and because they must.


"Solved is a laudable attempt to show the power of local government and the pivotal role cities can play in protecting the environment. The power of place is rightly emphasized as a key tool in the fight for environmental preservation. "

- Andrew Barnfield, University of Bristol

"If you are feeling discouraged about how little is being done to combat climate change, David Miller’s new book is a real cheer-me-upper. "

- John Sewell

"An easy read, this book will encourage more cities to create implementable emission reduction plans, and all who are city residents to participate. Highly recommended. "

- L.B. Allsopp, Arizona State University

"David Miller offers insights on everything from city planning to greening public transportation and dealing with waste products. Though Solved focuses on cities, it can certainly inspire citizens to start their own climate initiatives in smaller communities. "

- <em>Green Teacher</em>

"Across seven brisk chapters, Miller takes the reader on a Contiki tour of cities around the world and the incredible things that they are doing on the ground while their national governments dither and their national leaders pose earnestly with Greta Thunberg (or troll her)."

- Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick

"Miller’s book is a very positive perspective on the role of cities reacting to climate changes and reducing carbon emissions."

- Richard Smardon, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry