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Scenario planning and modelling tools, which help cities explore the future in different ways are a powerful way of supporting the decisions we make about our cities. Building a better understanding of how cities could change in the future, and being able to quickly and easily explore the impact of different policy and technology choices is essential if cities are to play a leading role in helping to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts: Climate change doesn’t care about our plans – that’s why cities need to plan for climate change
Recent events from the immense damage that hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma have wreaked on Puerto Rico, Houston, Miami and the Caribbean, or the monsoon floods that have forced millions from their homes in India and Bangladesh, illustrate that climate change does not respect whether we are ready or not. Our planet’s climate has changed and its impact will be felt by every one of us and for generations to come.
Cities are at the forefront of experiencing a host of climate impacts, including coastal and inland flooding, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. As a result, there is a widespread need for municipal agencies to understand and mitigate climate risks to urban infrastructure and services – and the communities they serve – according to a new report released by C40 and a group of leading cities.
A joint op-ed by the Mayor of Amman and Secretary General of Dubai's Executive Council
2016 was a momentous year for action on climate change. More than 120 countries, including Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, ratified the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. As the Mayor of Amman and the Secretary General of Dubai’s Executive Council, representing the most populous cities in our two countries, we understand the magnitude of this commitment by our national governments, and are ready to help turn the aspiration of the Paris Agreement into action on the ground.
Research Spotlight: Katie Vines, Head, Adaptation Research – cities emphasized in new framework for disaster risk reduction at Sendai
At the recent World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, C40 presented the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy to initiate the public comment period. The conference brought together over 6,000 delegates from around the world to agree a post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction, and share their experiences and challenges of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.