Cities on Frontline of Climate Change Struggle

In this post BBC News Science Editor, Paul Rincon discusses the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which “re-emphasizes the vital role cities can play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

One of the ways in which cities can be made greener is through a process called retrofitting…a kind of directed alteration of the built environment to, for example, increase its energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities – a proportion that’s set to rise to two-thirds by 2050. Yet cities are vulnerable to the worst impacts of climate change precisely because their locations are fixed. As the UN’s climate panel meets in Berlin, how are urban centres coping with the test?

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) re-emphasizes the vital role cities can play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This should come as no surprise, since urban centres are responsible for three quarters of global energy consumption and for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions.

“In a sense, they are the carbon criminals of this world, but they also provide us with really good opportunities,” says Tim Dixon, Professor at the University of Reading, UK.  Click here to read the full article on the BBC News website.

 

Article courtesy of BBC News

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