The UK is leading Europe in terms of the number of cities that
have climate change mitigation or adaptation plans, according to a
new study. But one in three European cities has no plan whatsoever
in place for coping with a changing climate.
Global temperatures have risen by
0.85 degrees over the industrial era - and cities have had
a large part to play in that warming. Research suggests cities are
currently responsible for more than
70 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.
Cities are also considered at high risk from climate change
impacts, such as extreme weather and flooding, because they cram a
lot of people into a small area, support vital infrastructure and
contain valuable commercial assets.
But a new study suggests more than a third of European cities
are unprepared for climate change, with neither a plan in place to
reduce emissions nor to cope with the
Where did the story come from?
The findings come from a new paper just published in the
Climatic Change. The large team of 12 authors hail from the US,
the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Ireland, France, Sweden, Estonia
Dr Diana Reckien, carried out the research while a visiting
scholar at the Centre for Environmental Decisions, part of Colombia
University in New York.