Climate Change and Unprepared CitiesLast Updated on 2011-04-09 00:00:00Climate Change Poses Major
Risks for Unprepared Cities
Fast-growing urban areas most likely to feel the heat
Cities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect residents from the likely impacts of climate change, even though billions of urban dwellers are vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise and other changes associated with warming temperatures.
A new examination of urban policies by Patricia Romero Lankao at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., in conjunction with an international research project on cities and climate change, warns that many of the world's fast-growing urban areas, especially in developing countries, will likely suffer disproportionately from the impacts of changing climate.
Her work also concludes that most cities are failing to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that... More »
Climate Change PerceptionsLast Updated on 2010-11-20 00:00:00
The Perception Factor: Climate Change Gets Personal
This article, written by Catherine M. Cooney, appeared first in Environmental Health Perspectives—the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The article is a verbatim version of the original and is not available for edits or additions by Encyclopedia of Earth editors or authors. Companion articles on the same topic that are editable may exist within the Encyclopedia of Earth.
Summer 2010 saw a new suite of climate change studies from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with the stark conclusion that “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for—and in many cases is already affecting—a broad range of human and natural systems.”1 The NAS series received a boost... More »
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II: Chapter 14Last Updated on 2010-04-07 00:00:00
Originally published by our Content Partner: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (other articles)
Table of Contents
14.1.1 Key findings from the Third Assessment Report (TAR)
14.1.2 Key differences from TAR
14.2 Current sensitivity/vulnerability
14.2.1 Freshwater Resources
14.2.3 Coastal Regions
Box 14.1 Accelerating wildfire and ecosystem disturbance dynamics
14.2.4 Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
14.2.5 Human health
14.2.6 Human settlements
14.2.7 Tourism and recreation
14.2.8 Energy, industry and transportation
14.3 Assumptions about future trends
14.3.2 Social, economic and institutional context
14.4 Key impacts and... More »
Lifestyle, technology and CO2 emissions in ChinaLast Updated on 2010-01-04 00:00:00
China as the world’s largest developing country and the most populous country has achieved notable success in developing their economy with approximate 10 percent average annual growth of GDP over the last two decades [1-3]. Large sections of the population have been experiencing a transition from ‘poverty’ to ‘adequate food and clothing’; today growing parts of the population are getting closer to ‘well to do’ lifestyles . However, the rapid growth of the economy has not only lead to dramatic changes of wealth and people’s lifestyle, but has also caused a huge amount of resources and energy consumption and associated CO2 and other emissions creating serious environmental problems on both local, regional and global scales [4-6]. Between 1990 and 2004 China’s total energy consumption has grown 5.0%... More »
Africa collection: ConflictLast Updated on 2009-08-26 16:51:52
Armed conflict in Africa: a threat to regional cooperation
Environmental and socioeconomic impacts of armed conflict in Africa
Regional cooperation for peace and sustainable development in Africa
Africa's renaissance for the environment: environment for peace and regional cooperation
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