Climate Change And Development

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1.0 Introduction
Climate change is becoming widely recognised as the key worldwide challenge of this century. Global warming is altering the world as we know it. Climate change can have calamitous impacts in various cities across the world. At a regional level, various long term changes in climate have already been observed within South East Queensland (SEQ), including changes in temperature, widespread changes in precipitation amounts, wind patterns and aspects of extreme weather such as droughts, heavy participation, heatwaves and the intensity of tropical cyclones (IPCC, 2007; SMEC Australia, 2007). What has become more and more noticeable in modern years is that we as a society have not acted quickly enough to lower emissions, the accumulation
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Advocates of low density cities (Gleeson and Steele, 2010) argue that they provide a superior choice of living locality, offer access to further affordable housing, and grant the space necessary for privacy and raising families ( Roberts, 2008). The lack of data about the relationship between urban density and sustainable development raises many questions for discussion about whether compact cities function better or are more sustainable than dispersed cities (Roberts, 2008). Although there is an empirical understanding of the linkages between climate change and development, the majority of contemporary research discusses these linkages at the theoretical level without providing venues for their implementation (Hamin and Gurran, 2008). Examples of these linkages…show more content…
In an answer to this question, several sub questions needed to be considered and answered. These include:
1. Are transit oriented developments the way forward?
2. Are compact cities the way forward?
3. Is planning for urban growth and climate change compatible?
4. What are the impact of high lot density to residential developments

The foundation of South East Queensland’s 2009-2031 planning scheme’s goals is to create a more sustainable urban future (ABS, 2010). Therefore, a significant review of Government’s efforts to work towards sustainability over the next 50 years, to create a new type of city that ensures growth is accommodated in a way that meets the challenges of climate change and the best interests of the inhabitants of SEQ (ABS, 2010). This will provide a framework for analysis of my
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