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Stephanie Pincetl in L.A. Times: Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming

That can be a challenge, since many people want to keep up with ever-changing trends, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, who was not involved in the report.

Pincetl recommends buying high-quality items that will last a long time. “It sounds like deprivation, but it’s also a way to make your consumption much more thoughtful.”

Convincing urbanites to abandon their cars will likely require government policies to promote alternative modes of transportation. And it’s particularly important in a city like Los Angeles, Pincetl said. “We can create a totally transit-viable region. But we have to be willing to combat the car.”