Story at a glance:

  • A study found that 400 million people are at risk of their cities being unprepared for climate change.
  • Southend in England, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Columbus, Ohio, in the U.S are climate liabilities.
  • London, Bristol, Los Angeles and Athens are preparing more for climate change effects.

Research suggests that 25 percent of the world lacks the necessary funding to protect themselves from climate change.

There is more frequent flooding, overheating, water shortages and damage to infrastructure from extreme weather in cities throughout the world as a result of climate change, The Guardian reported.


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A survey from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which surveyed 800 cities, found a total population of 400 million people, or 43 percent of them, were not prepared for climate change in that their cities did not have climate change crisis plans.

More than 420 cities are not financially secured in funding their 1,142 projects, an investment totaling about $72 billion. When it comes to water management projects, the investment needed is $22.6 billion.

Adaptation [to the impacts of climate change] is trickier to finance than emissions action. There are enormous benefits from adaptation and resilience, but they don’t appear on the balance sheet,” Kyra Appleby, the global director of CDP, said. “Only a fraction of recovery spending [from the coronavirus pandemic] is being put towards climate change, and even less towards adaptation.”

“It’s a really varied mix of cities across the world that are experiencing this as a problem,” Appleby said.

Among the cities with financial difficulties in a time of a climate crisis: Southend in England, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Columbus, Ohio, in the U.S. 

However, some cities are adapting well to the changes, including London, Bristol, Los Angeles and Athens.


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Published on May 12, 2021