Cities are reducing heat stress, pollution and traffic
Cities take the most actions to address climate change and are the most economically and environmentally sustainable places on the planet, according to a new report from the Rhodium Group.
In October, International Election Observers (IEOM) released a review of the results of the COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, noting that countries and cities “are already leading the way towards a low-carbon future”.
Cities are setting climate targets, reducing emissions and improving air quality.
They are also investing in new technologies to make transportation more sustainable. Of the world’s 115 largest cities, 94 had published their “climate plans” as of early 2018. The goal is to have no carbon emissions in 35 years time, and almost none by 2050.
“Cities have been home to many of the biggest breakthroughs in emissions reductions, from the Clean Air Act to the electric car revolution,” the report states.
The Global Partnership on Sustainability in Cities (GPSC) monitored over 600 climate cities, and found that over half of them had already signed on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include Suriname, Ecuador, Niger, Nepal, Botswana, Bangladesh, and Burkina Faso.
Cities also tackle inequality and sometimes also climate change, but are not well represented in discussions around climate change. That is something that the IPCC and IEOO “acknowledge in their missions to improve access to decision-making and technologies in cities”, the GPSC report states.
Here’s how cities in 10 countries are tackling climate change.