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

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Anne Hidalgo, Eduardo Paes, James Nxumalo, Joan Clos
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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316603338

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  • The Urban Climate Change Research Network's Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities (ARC3.2) is the second in a series of global, science-based reports to examine climate risk, adaptation, and mitigation efforts in cities. The book explicitly seeks to explore the implications of changing climatic conditions on critical urban physical and social infrastructure sectors and intersectoral concerns. The primary purpose of ARC3.2 is to inform the development and implementation of effective urban climate change policies, leveraging ongoing and planned investments for populations in cities of developing, emerging, and developed countries. This volume, like its predecessor, will be invaluable for a range of audiences involved with climate change and cities: mayors, city officials and policymakers; urban planners; policymakers charged with developing climate change mitigation and adaptation programs; and a broad spectrum of researchers and advanced students in the environmental sciences.

    • Contains double the number of chapters as the First ARC3 Report, based on feedback from numerous climate conferences around the world and a survey of city experts and practitioners
    • Includes many new topics, including urban ecology and biodiversity, environmental equity and justice, economics, finance, and the private sector, urban planning and design, urban solid waste, urban coastal zones, mitigation and adaptation, and housing and informal settlements
    • All sectors from the First ARC3 Report have been thoroughly updated
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘With the international community now galvanized to put the world on a climate safe pathway, the evidence is stacking up that cities have a key role to play. The second edition of the ARC3 report from the Urban Climate Change Research Network provides a critical knowledge base for global cities as they respond to climate change challenges and seize the economic opportunities of low carbon, climate resilient development. Leading mayors, through networks such as the C40, are learning from each other, exchanging ideas and thereby accelerating local action on the ground.' Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

    ‘The Climate Change in Cities report zooms in at the city level, providing us with a wealth of local climate data. And what these data tell us is that if we are to overcome the climate change challenge, we need more than ever the concerted efforts of all levels of government, multilateral institutions, civil society and the business sector.' Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

    ‘The best science has illuminated major risks facing our planet, and as mayors, we have heeded the call to tackle climate change head-on … ARC3.2 provides the critical knowledge base for city actions on climate change around the world.' Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, from the Foreword

    ‘ARC3.2 presents cutting-edge scientific information on climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities. It offers detailed information to support policy-makers in making better, more information-informed decisions about how climate change affects public health, local infrastructures and the economy. … The remarkable ARC3.2 will make a difference in developing effective and efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation policies in cities.' Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and Chair of C40, from the Foreword

    ‘… the gold standard for science-based policymaking as we enter into the post-2015, climate change implementation era.' James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban, from the Foreword

    ‘… a great example of the benefit of interdisciplinary science-policy co-operation. … ARC3.2 will help to ensure our future cities enable us to live more sustainably and to be more resilient.' Joan Clos, Executive Secretary of UN-Habitat and Former Mayor of Barcelona, from the Foreword

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316603338
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 275 x 220 x 35 mm
    • weight: 2.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Forewords Anne Hidalgo, Eduardo Paes, James Nxumalo and Joan Clos
    Summary for city leaders
    1. Pathways to urban transformation
    2. Urban climate science
    3. Disasters and risk in cities
    Part I. Cross-Cutting Themes:
    4. Integrating mitigation and adaptation: opportunities and challenges
    5. Urban planning and design
    6. Equity, environmental justice, and urban climate change
    7. Economics, finance, and the private sector
    Part II. Urban Ecosystems and Human Services:
    8. Urban ecosystems and biodiversity
    9. Coastal zones in urban areas
    10. Urban health
    11. Housing and informal settlements
    Part III. Urban Infrastructure Systems:
    12. Energy transformation in cities
    13. Urban transportation
    14. Urban water systems
    15. Urban solid waste management
    Part IV. Governance and Urban Futures:
    16. Governance and policy.

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    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 is Co-Chair of 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 US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the US Global Change Research Program. Rosenzweig was a Coordinating Lead Author of Working Group II for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is Co-Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and Co-Editor of the First UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), the first ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities. She is the founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), a major international collaborative effort to assess the state of global agricultural modeling, understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector, and enhance adaptation capacity, as it pertains to food security, in developing and developed countries. She was named as one of 'Nature's 10: Ten People Who Mattered in 2012' by the journal Nature. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she joins impact models with climate models to project future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. She is a Professor at Barnard College, New York and a Senior Research Scientist at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York.

    William D. Solecki, Hunter College, City University of New York
    William D. Solecki is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). 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 City Panel on Climate Change, as Co-Principal Investigator of the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State (ClimAID), and as Co-Leader of the Metropolitan East Coast Assessment of the US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He is a Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report. He is also a member of International Geographical Union (IGU) Megacity Study Group and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP).

    Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Patricia Romero-Lankao is Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, part of the Mexico branch of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her research examines the interactions of urban development with global climate change, including carbon and water cycles, the drivers of energy use in cities, societal factors that underpin the vulnerability of cities to heat waves and air pollution, and how urban settings can be made more resilient to these and other stresses. She coordinated peer review for the 2009 Panel report Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials. Romero-Lankao also served on the scientific committee of the Global Carbon Project and was lead author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

    Shagun Mehrotra, New School University, New York
    Shagun Mehrotra is Managing Director of Climate and Cities, an international policy advisor facility jointly housed at Columbia University, New York and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. With an interdisciplinary team of scientists and policy makers around the world, Shagun is crafting a global institutional structure for a programmatic approach to incorporate climate risk into city development by leveraging existing and planned investments. He has developed a comprehensive framework for city climate risk assessment that combines hazards, vulnerabilities, and agency. As Faculty Fellow at Columbia University, his research and policy advice focus on infrastructure economics and finance, development economics, and poverty reduction in slums. Previously, he was on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of state-owned utilities in Africa. Over the last decade, Shagun's 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 wrote a foreword for his co-authored book Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed (2011).

    Shobhakar Dhakal, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand
    Shobhakar Dhakal is an Associate Professor in the Energy Field of Study at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His areas of expertise are in urbanization, cities and climate change, and energy policies and modeling. He has been a visiting researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan since 2012. Dhakal is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of Working Group III for the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. He serves as a member of the scientific steering committee of the Global Carbon Project, the premier scientific program under Future Earth. He was a guest research scholar at International Institute for Applied System Analysis in Austria from 2010 to 2013. Dhakal has served as a lead author for the Global Energy Assessment, principal scientific reviewer for UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook-5, member of the Consensus Panel on Low Carbon Cities of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, member of the Cities Energy Modeling Group of the International Energy Agency, and an international expert to the Taskforce on Urban Development and Energy Efficiency of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, among others. Dhakal is also one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Carbon Management.

    Somayya Ali Ibrahim, Earth Institute at Columbia University/NASA GISS, New York
    Somayya Ali Ibrahim is the International Program Manager of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), co-located at the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) at Columbia University's Earth Institute and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS). Ali Ibrahim manages the UCCRN Secretariat in New York and its global network of projects and partnerships, including the establishment of the UCCRN Regional Hubs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. She also manages the development and publication of the UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3) series, an ongoing set of major global, interdisciplinary, science-based assessments on climate change and urban areas. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Peshawar, and a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University, New York.


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