Climate Change and Sustainable Urban Development in Africa by Belinda Yuen, Asfaw Kumssa

By Belinda Yuen, Asfaw Kumssa

This e-book is set African and Asian towns. Illustrated via chosen case towns, the e-book brings jointly a wealthy selection of papers by means of major students and practitioners in Africa and Asia to provide empirical research and updated discussions and tests of the city demanding situations and recommendations for his or her towns. a couple of key issues touching on housing, sustainable city improvement and weather switch in Africa and Asia are explored besides how coverage interventions and partnerships convey particular varieties of city improvement. viewers: This publication is meant for all who're drawn to the country of the towns and concrete improvement in Africa and Asia. Africa and Asia current, in lots of methods, helpful classes in facing the burgeoning city inhabitants, and the issues surrounding this inflow of individuals and weather swap within the constructing world.

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A rise in the incidence of heat waves and associated events, which is highly probable with climate change, is therefore likely to have a serious effect on people residing in heat-wave prone areas. Further, the impact of surface warming is likely to be more serious in city regions and, according to Whitman et al. (1997), urban centres are usually a “prime target for heat mortality”. The ‘Urban Heat Island’ 2 Climate Change and Living Cities: Global Problems with Local Solutions 27 effect precipitated by the high concentration of concrete structures in urban areas also plays a major role in amplifying the impact of rising temperatures, putting urban agglomerations at a higher risk (Patz and Kovats 2002).

This statement ­provides a powerful indictment of the magnitude of the problem we face. Many coastal cities across the globe are already facing the threat of subsiding and are slowly being “swallowed by the sea”. According to Bohannon (2005), Venice, like New Orleans, is slowly being submerged due to the rising sea level, a problem that the city has faced since the Middle Ages. However, he claims that “an accelerating rise in sea levels linked to global warming has turned the sporadic flooding from a nuisance into a looming catastrophe” (Bohannon 2005:1978).

Since many of these policies are likely to be anticipatory in nature, they must be based on strong scientific assumptions, which must be tested against various scenarios. Cities will need to involve everyone in the fight against climate change. To do this, they will have to spread awareness and educate the public on climate change issues. Education must focus on understanding the effects of climate change on water resources, land use, sea levels, health and the overall ecosystems, and must provide the people with the information they require to adapt to these policies.

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