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Cities and Climate Change: Global Report on Human Settlements [pdf]

The UN Global Report on Human Settlements  is geared to planners and others interested in exploring on how cities worldwide will be affected by climate change in the near and far future.
The 62 page document shows linkages between urbanization and climate change, arguing that  “local action is indispensable for the realization of national climate change commitments agreed through international negotiations.”
“[The report]  illustrates the significant contribution of urban areas to climate change while at the same time highlighting the potentially devastating effects of climate change on urban populations.
It reviews policy responses, strategies and practices that are emerging in urban areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their potential achievements and constraints.
In conclusion, the report argues that urban areas have a pivotal role in both climate change mitigation and adaptation and identifies strategies and approaches for strengthening this role.

April 23, 2011 - Posted by | Public Health | , , ,

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