Cities and Climate Change: Pathways to Urban Transformation

Location: Australian-German Climate and Energy College, 187 Grattan Street, Parkville.

Cities are on the frontlines of climate change in regard to both mitigation and adaptation. The Urban Climate Change Research Network’s Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities (ARC3.2) is the second in a series of global, science-based reports to examine climate risks, adaptation strategies, and mitigation actions in cities. The book explicitly explores the implications of changing climatic conditions on urban physical infrastructure and social sectors and intersectoral interdependencies. ARC3.2 gives concrete solutions for cities for mitigation and adaptation; urban planning and design; equity and environmental justice; and carbon governance. This session will share key insights from the report, in particular the five pathways to urban transformation for cities to fulfill their climate change leadership potential.

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Dr Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space StudiesDr Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Rosenzweig leads the Climate Impacts Group at NASA GISS in New York City. She is Co-Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and Co-Editor of the newly published Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2). She was Co-Chair of the Urban Thematic Group for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Campaign for an Urban Sustainability Development Goal (SDG). She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She was named as one of “Nature’s 10: Ten People Who Mattered in 2012” by the journal Nature, for her work preparing New York City for climate extremes and change.

Co-hosted by Australian-German Climate and Energy College & Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.