UNU-EHS expert Sabrina Zwick published an op-ed on The Conversation on the impacts of suburban living for carbon emissions, after COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic has shown the advantages of working from home, making the suburbs increasingly attractive, recent research has shown that in some countries, people living in semi-urban areas have bigger carbon footprint.
Efforts to make best use of high densities, connectivity, accessibility and sustainable city planning should not be limited to big cities. It is important to consider that the way urban, semi-urban and rural areas are designed will affect people’s choices and associated emissions.
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