Go­ing for­ward

How cities are pre­par­ing for cli­mate change

Element - - Front Page - By Andy Ken­wor­thy

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon has said that the bat­tle for global sus­tain­abil­ity will be won

or lost in the world’s cities. Cities and ur­ban ar­eas are es­ti­mated to ac­count for 80 per cent of global green­house gas emis­sions, and more than half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion live in them, so what we do in our ur­ban cen­tres will, to a large ex­tent, define the fu­ture of our world. Gov­ern­ments are strug­gling to agree on ac­tion against cli­mate change, but thank­fully many city au­thor­i­ties are just get­ting on with

tack­ling the prob­lem as best they can.

El­e­ment takes a look at what au­thor­i­ties in Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch are ex­pect­ing, how they are try­ing to min­imise the dam­age and pre­par­ing for the worst, and how their plans shape up against

those else­where.

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