Why climate-proofing the populations of most (the poorest) cities is currently nigh-on impossible

Why climate-proofing the populations of most (the poorest) cities is currently nigh-on impossible

What can be done to protect cities in developing countries from the ravages of climate change? This is quite possibly one of the most urgent questions facing humanity in the context of climate change, given that it is becoming increasingly likely that international measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will fail to prevent some of the predicted consequences. In addition, cities in developing countries face a "perfect storm" of factors which make them especially vulnerable, according to Debra Roberts, one of the authors of the chapter on urban impacts in IPCC's report published earlier this year on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability . Besides being in already hotter parts of the world and suffering from poverty, these cities often also suffer from growing population levels, weak government, inequality and multiple forms of environmental degradation. ...

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