The monsoon rains wreaking havoc across Thailand have brought the longer-term planning challenges of its capital city, Bangkok, into sharp relief. Severe flooding has affected millions of homes and businesses in the city. But even as the waters begin to recede, there remains a difficult set of choices for the city as it confronts its vulnerability to the impacts of climate change – and role that rapid development has played in exacerbating these risks.
Arup recently put together an interesting infographic showing the scope of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, so we’d like to share it here. Take a look at these numbers: 18 percent of global GDP, 10 percent of worldwide carbon emissions and 297 million people are represented by the megacities participating in our group.
The City of Melbourne, a C40 city, has embarked on an innovative financing effort for commercial building retrofits – an achievement supported from its inception by expertise across C40's network of staff, cities and partners.