Adapting to Climate Change on Scale: Addressing the Challenge and Understanding the Impacts of Asia Mega-cities
Tom Burkitt, WSP New Zealand Limited
Photo credit: Nathan Ergang
The world is urbanising at an astonishing rate . As our climate and ecological emergency deepens  and as cities ascend to a position of economic and political influence that exceeds that of the State , we must accelerate the uptake of solutions that reduce emissions and resource consumption in cities (especially mega-cities) if we are to meet our global obligations under the Paris Agreement  and restrict global heating to 2 degrees .
It is a difficult journey. The concentrated use of resources, and release of emissions by cities can wreak havoc on the atmosphere, resources, and the environment, but they can also be a source of environmental good and critical innovation. So, while alarming and overwhelming, it is in our cities that we must place our hope.
This short paper highlights the impacts and vulnerabilities of mega-cities with a focus on Asia and presents 6 emerging ideas for action that could help accelerate sustainable development of future mega-cities.
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C40 Cities Network
Global Covenant of Mayors
UN Sustainable Cities
Global Centre on Adaptation
"The threat is concentrated in coastal Asia and could have profound economic and political consequences within the lifetimes of people alive today"