Reduction and Resilience

While leaders around the world are debating in Doha – COP18 climate talk, scientists report global emissions of carbon dioxide were at a record high in 2011 and are likely to take similar jump in 2012.  Emissions continue to grow so rapidly that an international goal of limiting the ultimate warming of the planet to 3.6 degrees, established three years ago, is on the verge of becoming unattainable (Global carbon project).

We know this warming planet is causing the most rapid ice melting in Arctic ever record, equivalent to one million square miles of open water — six Californias — beyond the average since satellites started measurements in 1979.

We have seen the impacts: the aftermath of Sandy still cripples parts of New York and New Jersey. New flooding is hitting the West Coast, and other large parts of the world are in danger, as cities tend to be located along the coastlines.

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Targeting climate change is now a highly two-folded issue; reduction and resilience.

Reduction needs to be aimed as not to worsen the situation even more, but as we already live with the effects caused by global warming we also need to work on resilience – not only rebuilding what the flooding damaged, but restructuring cities to become more resilient towards extreme weather.

Many cities have already taken action and cities should learn from each other in order to apply best practice. The Guardian has an article about it here

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