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The Climate Pod

Apr 5, 2023

There are an estimated 1.4 billion cars in use around the world. Despite the fact that cars and trucks are a major contributor to global warming, pollute the air, kill over 1.3 million people a year, and cost thousands to own, maintain, and drive each year, most modern societies are built in a way that makes it necessary to own a car. And while traffic seems to be an ever present problem in most cities, adding lanes and more roads has only exacerbated the problem.

Daniel Knowles, Midwest correspondent for The Economist, joined our show to talk about his new book “Carmageddon: How Cars Make Life Worse and What to Do About It” and explains that life doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Paris have shown that it’s possible to reverse the reliance on cars while making it easier and more enjoyable to walk, bike, and take public transportation to just about anywhere you want to go.  Solving the climate crisis requires solving the car crisis, and this book and conversation go a long way in helping you understand where it came from and how to fix it.

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