Climate Urgency and Cities: Action and Reaction, Evidence and Reluctance

Ryser, Judith and Franchini, Teresa (2020) Climate Urgency and Cities: Action and Reaction, Evidence and Reluctance. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 147-161. ISSN 2521-3938

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The first section of the paper gives a brief critical overview of the situation of climate change strategies at the global level, from Kyoto to Paris, Madrid and Glasgow. It also discusses the measures taken by the European Union, and their level of implementation at selected member state and city levels. The impact of pressures groups such as extinction rebellion and the green movement are also examined, together with awareness raising actions such as films and documentaries demonstrating the tangible effects of man-made climatechange. The second section focuses on activists and environmentalists, their proposed solutions and selected proposed interventions in places which have been adversely affected by man-made climate change impacts, such as flooding or drought. It also briefly discusses the state of scientific knowledge and how it is dealt with by politicians, activists and climate change deniers. The third section looks at the political evolution of climate change intervention at city level. It focuses on Madrid and London in the context of EU actions and respective national targets and examines the direction of travel of the two cities. It briefly synthesises the policies of lowering carbon emissions and proposed actions taken in 2008 in Madrid and London what actions have been taken between these dates and now and what effects they had on reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption and air pollution. The paper finally compares these approaches with the current strategies for mitigating and adjusting to climate change in the latest city plans and offers critical comments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon emissions, green movement, policy, climate change, mitigation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2021 16:23
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2021 16:39

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