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Cities and Climate Change

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
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Earth 2021, 2(4), 1038-1045; https://doi.org/10.3390/earth2040061
Received: 8 October 2021 / Revised: 22 November 2021 / Accepted: 25 November 2021 / Published: 27 November 2021
This review paper considers the disjuncture between the rapid pace of climate change and the more sluggish ability of cities to fully implement effective strategies of climate change adaptation and mitigation. We will refer to this as the ‘slow city–quick climate change’ dilemma. Climate change is accelerating, quickly rendering obsolete previous urban forms inadequate, while structural adjustments to cities are slower moving. Cities around the world were largely built for previous climate regimes. In the short to medium term, there is a mismatch between the climate regime that cities were designed for and the climate regime they now inhabit. The paper is divided into four parts: a brief review of climate change in general; climate change in cities; a review of climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities; and finally, a discussion of urban futures in the time of climate regime change. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; cities; adaptation; mitigation; climate regime change; extreme weather events; urban futures climate change; cities; adaptation; mitigation; climate regime change; extreme weather events; urban futures
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Short, J.R.; Farmer, A. Cities and Climate Change. Earth 2021, 2, 1038-1045. https://doi.org/10.3390/earth2040061

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