Are Cities Prepared for Climate Change Impacts?

Campaign for Climate Resilience Spreads Across U.S.(Andrew Freedman, Jun. 19, 2013)

Also quoted here: Pound Foolish – Federal Community-Resilience Investments Swamped by Disaster Damages(15 page pdf, Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman Jun. 19, 2013)

And here:A Stronger, More Resilient New York (445 page pdf, PlaNYC, The City of New York, Jun. 21, 2013)

And here: Climate Change Adaptation: A Priorities Plan for Canada (150 page pdf, B. Feltmate and J. Thistlethwaite, Climate Change Adaptation Project(Canada), University of Waterloo, August 2012)

And here:

(4 min You-Tube, CBC, Jun. 21, 2013)

Today we review reports from the US and Canada that raise concerns about the lack of preparedness to the increase in extreme weather events in the last year (e.g. Hurricane Sandy and New York in October 2012 and heavy rainfall and flooding in Calgary and Toronto in June/July 2013) and, in broader terms, disasters that accompany climate change which particularly affect cities and their infrastructures. In the US, only $6 for disaster recovery is spent for every $1 to increase general community resilience and the costs for disaster cleanups have reached $110B over the last three years. The leadership shown by Mayor Bloomberg in his plan for the future (PlaNYC) to mitigate climate impacts is one that other Mayors could emulate.

clikmate adaptation-cities

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE


2 Responses

  1. We are having a meeting to try to organize an all groups and individuals coordinated effort to act on climate warming. Dr. Hansen, NASA, warns that even a two degree rise in global temperature would be catastrophic. The arctic ice cap has been measured by Dr. Barber and others in a cooperative research effort and found that we may soon have a summer ice free Arctic. When this happens the sun’s energy once reflected by the ice will, suddenly be absorbed by the sea speeding up climate warming disasters. Dr. Semiltov from Russia has now measured methane release sites in the Russian arctic. He detected methane release areas 1,000 m in diameter and said there were many of these. Methane is 20 times worse than carbon dioxide. There are too many people that pass climate warming off as an event that can be dealt with in a future century. Regrettably serious impacts are here now and threaten to get much worse.

  2. The study being released today by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm, sees climate change driving the increase and predicts those influences will continue in years ahead, though a number of experts question that conclusion.

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