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Climate Change and Cities
First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network

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Daniel Bader, Martha Barata, Reginald Blake, Hilda Blanco, JoAnn Carmin, DeWayne Cecil, Michelle Colley, Richenda Connell, Shobhakar Dhakal, Michael Dettinger, Gregorio De Simone, Thea Dickinson, Regina Folorunsho, Stuart Gaffin, Haluk Gercek, Joseph Gilbride, Richard Gonzalez, Alice Grimm, Stephen Hammer, Randall T. Hanson, Morgan Herve-Mignucci, Radley Horton, Michael Hyams, Toshiaki Ichinose, Darby Jack, Klaus Jacob, Shu Jiong, James Keirstead, Benoit Lefevre, Eva Ligeti, David C. Major, Patricia McCarney, Shagun Mehrotra, Jeanene Mitchell, Claudia E. Natenzon, Ademola Omojola, Susan Parnell, Lily Parshall, Jennifer Penney, Mizanur Rahman, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Deborah Salon, Roberto Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marco Schmidt, Niels Schulz, Karen Seto, William Solecki, Sumeeta Srinivasan, Rae Zimmerman
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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107004207

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  • Urban areas are home to over half the world's people and are at the forefront of the climate change issue. The need for a global research effort to establish the current understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation at the city level is urgent. To meet this goal a coalition of international researchers – the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) – was formed at the time of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in New York in 2007. This book is the First UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities. The authors are all international experts from a diverse range of cities with varying socio-economic conditions, from both the developing and developed world. It is invaluable for mayors, city officials and policymakers; urban sustainability officers and urban planners; and researchers, professors and advanced students.

    • Examines mitigation and adaptation strategies for developing and developed cities, enabling readers to utilize information on both, and leverage co-benefits between the two
    • Case study illustrations from both developing and developed cities around the world provide urban decision-makers with state-of-the-knowledge on climate change and examples of effective and efficient practices with potential for scaling-up
    • Unites the work and effort of dozens of expert researchers worldwide - often bringing their international expertise to work in their own cities as local voices
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    "I ... applaud the work of the UCCRN and the many researchers from both developing and developed cities contributing to this important research initiative. Policy-makers, administrators, and researchers from cities around the world will benefit from the information provided in ARC3, helping them make more informed decisions about how climate change will affect public health, local infrastructure, and in turn, our economic vitality in the coming decades." - Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India

    "For the challenges that a city as Mexico City must face, efforts like ARC3 are crucial to provide the much needed scientific assessment to effectively address the challenges posed by climate change." - Mayor Marcello Ebrard of Mexico City

    "Cities need increasingly sound scientific knowledge to take decisions related to combating climate change. We therefore welcome initiatives like the ARC3 and hope that cities all over the world can benefit from its findings." - Mayor Gilberto Kassab of Sao Paulo

    "The First Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities is a critical piece in helping cities to develop sound, science-based policies to address the climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges they face." - Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, of Lagos State

    "Cities are leaders in taking action to fight climate change. ARC3 is a must read for city leaders who want to incorporate the most current understanding of climate change science in cities into their decision-making." - Mayor David Miller of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

    "I therefore applaud the work of groups such as UCCRN and the many researchers from both developing and developed cities contributing to this important research initiative and creating a mechanism to help cities further empower themselves. ... I am convinced that this body of knowledge will be of direct benefit and inspiration to the cities which we are supporting to develop climate action plans. It will help cities make more informed decisions about how climate change will affect public health, local infrastructure, and in turn, their own economic vitality in the coming decades." - From the Foreword by Dr. Anna. Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-Habitat

    "ARC3 fills a critical gap in addressing climate change issues in Indonesia's vulnerable and diverse urban areas such as Jakarta, Palangkaraya, and Samarinda city." - Senator Hon. Hambdani and Senator Hon. Bambang Susilo, Indonesia

    "...This contribution is likely to remain the most relevant source on urban climate change issues for the next decade." -J.Schoof, CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107004207
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 220 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 60 colour illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Forewords
    Acknowledgements
    Executive summary
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Defining the Risk Framework:
    2. Cities, disasters and climate risk
    3. Urban climate: processes, trends and projections
    Part II. Urban Sectors:
    4. Climate change and urban energy systems
    5. Climate change, water and wastewater
    6. Climate change and urban transportation systems
    7. Climate change and human health in cities
    Part III. Cross-Cutting Issues:
    8. The role of urban land in climate change
    9. Cities and climate change: the challenges for governance
    Annex: list of contributors
    Index.

  • Editors

    Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
    Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She recently co-chaired the New York City Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the Mayor to advise the city on adaptation for its critical infrastructure. She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She was a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report, and served on the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she joins impact models with climate models to predict future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. She is a Professor at Barnard College and a Senior Research Scientist at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

    William D. Solecki, Hunter College, City University of New York
    William Solecki is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York. He has led or co-led numerous projects on the process of urban environmental change and transformation. As Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, he has worked extensively on connecting cutting-edge urban environmental science to everyday practice and action in cities. He most recently served as Co-Chair of the New York Panel on Climate Change. He is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Urban and Global Environmental Change core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme.

    Stephen A. Hammer, Columbia University, New York
    Stephen Hammer is the Executive Director of the Energy Smart Cities Initiative, a project of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), which runs energy and climate policy training and technical assistance programs for local governments around China. Stephen joined JUCCCE in January 2010 after serving as director of the Urban Energy Program at Columbia University's Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy. He has authored or co-authored dozens of policy studies and journal articles on urban sustainability planning, urban energy systems, distributed generation technology and the impacts of climate change on local and regional energy networks. In addition to his work at JUCCCE, Stephen is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, a member of New York City Mayor Bloomberg's Energy Policy Task Force, a consultant to the State of New York on microgrid and climate change adaptation issues, and a policy advisor on urban energy efficiency to the World Bank.

    Shagun Mehrotra, Columbia University, New York
    Shagun Mehrotra is Managing Director of Climate and Cities, an international policy advisor facility at Columbia University's Center for Climate Systems Research. As a Columbia University Faculty Fellow, he provides research and policy advice focusing on infrastructure economics and finance, development economics and poverty reduction in slums. He has developed a comprehensive framework for city climate risk assessment that combines hazards, vulnerabilities and agency. Previously, Shagun was on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of state-owned utilities in Africa. Over the last decade, his advice has been sought by national and local governments in East Africa, South-East Asia, China and India, as well as the United Nations' Human Development Report, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Columbia Earth Institute. The President of India recently launched Shagun's co-authored book Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed, with a foreword by the Prime Minister of India.

    Contributors

    Daniel Bader, Martha Barata, Reginald Blake, Hilda Blanco, JoAnn Carmin, DeWayne Cecil, Michelle Colley, Richenda Connell, Shobhakar Dhakal, Michael Dettinger, Gregorio De Simone, Thea Dickinson, Regina Folorunsho, Stuart Gaffin, Haluk Gercek, Joseph Gilbride, Richard Gonzalez, Alice Grimm, Stephen Hammer, Randall T. Hanson, Morgan Herve-Mignucci, Radley Horton, Michael Hyams, Toshiaki Ichinose, Darby Jack, Klaus Jacob, Shu Jiong, James Keirstead, Benoit Lefevre, Eva Ligeti, David C. Major, Patricia McCarney, Shagun Mehrotra, Jeanene Mitchell, Claudia E. Natenzon, Ademola Omojola, Susan Parnell, Lily Parshall, Jennifer Penney, Mizanur Rahman, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Deborah Salon, Roberto Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marco Schmidt, Niels Schulz, Karen Seto, William Solecki, Sumeeta Srinivasan, Rae Zimmerman

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