Summary of Six Research Priorities for Cities and Climate Change

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Cities are one of the root causes of the potentially catastrophic climate change events scientists believe may occur within the next few decades. Planners and policymakers struggle to address these problems with inadequate and sometimes nonexistent data. getAbstract recommends this article by Xuemei Bai, professor of urban environment and human ecology at Australian National University, with contributors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, outlining six research priorities supporting strategies for cities and outlying “informal settlements” around the globe.

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Xuemei Bai is professor of urban environment and human ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.  The co-authors are Richard J. DawsonDiana Ürge-VorsatzGian C. DelgadoAliyu Salisu BarauShobhakar DhakalDavid DodmanLykke LeonardsenValérie Masson-DelmotteDebra Roberts and Seth Schultz. They are members of the scientific steering committee for the Intergovernmen­tal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

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Cities are among the major creators of climate change, and also suffer from its negative effects.

Energy use in cities accounts for three quarters of all carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, a major cause of climate change. Four trillion dollars in urban assets and millions of lives could be at risk from increased flooding, drought and wildfires by 2030. Planners and policymakers struggle to develop effective strategies to reverse the effects of climate change because of flawed or nonexistent data. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), its partners, and 700 experts from 80 countries recently met to establish six research priorities to address these issues.

Scientists combine data from both urban and rural areas to search for positive, sustained results.

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