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.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why city planners, policymakers and scientists must collaborate to fight climate change,
- What kinds of data and strategies cities need to reduce CO2 emissions, and
- How current technologies can work against efforts to reverse climate change.
About the Authors
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. Dawson, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Gian C. Delgado, Aliyu Salisu Barau, Shobhakar Dhakal, David Dodman, Lykke Leonardsen, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Debra Roberts and Seth Schultz. They are members of the scientific steering committee for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).