Climate Change: Implications for Cities


The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

A new briefing distilling the key findings of the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), demonstrates the implications of climate change to urban areas.

The cities summary is one of a series of thirteen, based upon The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AR5 represents the most comprehensive overview of climate science to date and is the fact base that will used by governments and businesses to formulate climate policy in the coming years. The set of summaries cover the broad implications of climate change, how the IPCCC works and give an overview of the physical science, as well as adaptation and mitigation options. The summaries, in addition to cities, cover the energy sector, investors and financial institutions, the transport sector, the tourism industry, the agricultural sector, fisheries and aquaculture, the defense sector, primary industries, employment and buildings.


This new report that explores the roles cities will play in the fight against climate change was launched during a panel discussion at the Resilient Cities Congress 2014, which featured lead authors involved in the urban chapters of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Assessment Reports on Climate Change and Cities (the ARC3 series) prepared by Urban Climate Change Resource Network (UCCRN).

Urban areas account for more than half of the world’s population, most of its economic activity and the majority of energy-related emissions. One of the key messages that emerged from the discussion is that steps to build resilience and enable sustainable development in urban areas can accelerate successful climate change adaptation globally. An infographic in the report brings together mitigation and adaptation through examples of how climate change is expected to affect various aspects of urban life.



Actionable information to guide decision-makers in shaping strategies and developing policy is a primary concern for the global experts and local policy leaders who are discussing emerging opportunities and challenges around climate change. The attention paid to cities in AR5 was unprecedented, but more and better information targeted specifically at city decision-makers is still needed.



To download the report and infographic:



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