Thu, 25 May 2023

Making City Climate Ready

In News: Making Cities Climate-Ready Crucial to Solving Climate Crisis: World Bank

About Making Cities Climate-Ready:

  • The World Bank has recently emphasized the need for cities to become climate-ready through integrated green urban planning strategies which are crucial for addressing climate challenges.
  • It has stressed that investments in green space and sustainable infrastructure are essential components of climate readiness.
  • Cities in high-income countries are significant emitters, while poorer cities face severe climate-related hazards.
  • Rapid urbanization has led to a significant increase in the urban population with Cities contributing to approximately 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Per capita, emissions are highest in high and upper-middle-income countries, particularly in North America while Sub-Saharan African cities have the lowest per capita emissions on average.
  • Medium and large cities in middle-income countries have high carbon emissions and pollution levels with limited green space.
  • Lower-income countries' cities account for 14% of global urban CO2 emissions but face the most severe climate-related hazards.
  • World Bank has stressed that inclusiveness is vital for enhancing cities' resilience, particularly in low and lower-middle-income countries.
  • Urban water resources and infrastructure will face additional strain as the urban population is projected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050.
  • The governments need to protect and restore ecosystems, such as forests which are crucial for urban resilience and water security.
  • It has also given recommendations including information dissemination, incentives, insurance coverage, integration, and investments.
  • Overall, implementing these recommendations can help reduce emissions, enhance resilience, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations.


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