The sil­ver lin­ing: health­ier, wealth­ier cities

Element - - Clean Technology -

Are­port by the UK-based Car­bon Dis­clo­sure Pro­ject, based on data from 110 cities around the world, sug­gests that the ac­tion that cities are tak­ing to mit­i­gate or adapt to cli­mate change are not only help­ing to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and make the cities more re­silient, but also mak­ing them into much bet­ter places in which to live.

The cities re­ported more than $40 mil­lion (NZ$50 mil­lion) in sav­ings per year from tack­ling cli­mate change. The vast ma­jor­ity, 91 per cent, also be­lieve that work­ing to com­bat cli­mate change will lead to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The re­port’s au­thors said: “An in­creas­ing num­ber of cities are putting re­siliency and adap­ta­tion plans in place, up from 63 per cent in 2011 to 71 per cent this year. If you want to be a com­pet­i­tive, health­ier city, you have to make th­ese changes. More and more cities are think­ing and talk­ing about cli­mate change re­lated ac­tions in terms of job gen­er­a­tion, cleaner air, de­creased con­ges­tion, bet­ter pub­lic ser­vices, rather than green­house gas emis­sions re­duc­tions, just be­cause it’s much more tan­gi­ble for peo­ple. 98 per cent of cities re­port cli­mate change as a risk. Most of them are re­port­ing risks from tem­per­a­ture in­creases, heat waves and storms or in­tense pe­ri­ods of rain­fall. On the whole this is right now. This isn’t some­thing they are look­ing at for their chil­dren or grand­chil­dren, it is cur­rent, in 2013.”

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