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Urban Climate Change Research Network

Cover of ARC3.2 report

The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) is a consortium dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation, adaptation and energy issues from an urban perspective.

UCCRN provides the information that city leaders–from government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the community—need in order to assess current and future risks, make choices that enhance resilience to climate change and climate extremes, and take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders provides a broad synthesis of the latest scientific research on climate change and cities. It presents the majors findings and key messages on urban climate science, disasters and risk, urban planning and design, mitigation and adaptation, equity and environmental justice, economics, finance, and the private sector, urban ecosystems, urban coastal zones, public health, housing and informal settlements, energy, water, transportation, solid waste, and governance.

In spring 2018, UCCRN published Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. The book explicitly seeks to explore the implications of changing climatic conditions on critical urban physical and social infrastructure sectors and intersectoral concerns. The primary purpose of ARC3.2 is to inform the development and implementation of effective urban climate change policies, leveraging ongoing and planned investments for populations in cities of developing, emerging, and developed countries. This volume, like its predecessor, will be invaluable for a range of audiences involved with climate change and cities: mayors, city officials and policymakers; urban planners; policymakers charged with developing climate change mitigation and adaptation programs; and a broad spectrum of researchers and advanced students in the environmental sciences.

The report's "Summary for City Leaders" was previously released in December 2015 at COP21.

Further Information

+ UCCRN Website

+ Download ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders

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