The aerotropolis – an airport with concentric rings of uses radiating outward from it – is “the way we’ll live next”, say John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay. PD Smith finds their book fascinating – and chilling, but finds another book to be a more convincing portrayal of the future.
In showing a willingness to address problems of governance, writes Jens Hein, Green China: Chinese Insights on Environment and Development provides a valuable understanding of important issues – and how the country discusses them.
In Ocean of Life, Callum Roberts deploys data from across the marine sciences to show how humans have affected the world’s seas. Pilita Clark finds optimism and stark warnings in his impressive history.
Tim Flannery’s Here on Earth and Mark Lynas’s The God Species skilfully explore science’s role in averting ecological catastrophe. But reading them in parallel, Sam Geall found both stumble on the political route forward.
Delving into Local Climate Governance in China, Jens Hein finds Miriam Schröder’s work goes beyond the narrow field of the clean development mechanism to provide a clear but nuanced analysis of complex market issues.
In The Logic of the Grasslands, Han Nianyong and his team provide a framework for studying China’s declining pastures, where many sectors’ interests conflict. Open minds and new approaches are needed, writes Wang Xiaoyi.