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This quantity brings jointly, for the 1st time, a wide-ranging and distinctive physique of knowledge choosing and assessing possibility, vulnerability and edition to weather swap in city centres in low- and middle-income international locations. Framed by way of an outline of the most chances and constraints for variation, the members learn the results of weather switch for towns in Africa, Asia and Latin the USA, and suggest leading edge agendas for model. The e-book might be of curiosity to coverage makers, practitioners and teachers who face the problem of addressing weather swap vulnerability and model in city centres during the international South. released with E&U and foreign Institute for setting and improvement

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Many of the largest cities may appear chaotic and out of control; but most have life expectancies and provision for piped water, sanitation, schools and healthcare that are well above their national average – even if the aggregate statistics for each large city can hide a significant proportion of their population living in very poor conditions. qxd 4/30/2009 5:10 PM Page 18 18 Introduction needed to help reduce rural–urban migration. 35 All urban centres rely on rural ecosystem services (see, in particular, Chapter 14).

Autonomous adaptation is also used to refer to adaptations undertaken by households or enterprises, independent of government. Climate change and climate variability: in this book, the term climate change is used to refer to changes in climate attributed to human activity; climate variability includes variations that are not related to human-induced climate change. g. buildings, infrastructure) due to the potential impacts of climate change. These risks can be direct, as in larger and/or more frequent floods or more intense and/or frequent storms, or heat waves; or less direct, as climate change negatively affects livelihoods or food supplies (and prices), or access to water needed for domestic consumption or livelihoods.

36 Vulnerability Vulnerability to climate change is understood to mean the potential of people to be killed, injured or otherwise harmed by the direct or indirect impacts of climate change. This is most obvious with regard to risk from extreme events (such as storms or floods); but it includes risk from less direct impacts – for instance, declining freshwater availability or livelihoods dependent upon climate-sensitive resources. Do urban specialists concern themselves with urban populations’ vulnerability to extreme weather events?

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