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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.


‘I … 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.’

Anna Tibaijuka - Executive Director of UN-Habitat, from the Foreword

‘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.’

Marcello Ebrard - Mayor 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.’

Gilberto Kassab - Mayor 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.’

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN - Governor 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.’

David Miller - Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

‘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

'… an outstanding overview … extremely timely and relevant … This reviewer recommends this report to all students, researchers, and policy makers interested in urban and environmental planning, hazard mitigation, urban infrastructures, water systems, energy, transportation, or public health.'

Source: Journal of Planning and Research

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