In a world that is experiencing the intensities of climate change, some say these are normal and cyclical global processes that the earth goes through every so many millennia. While some of this theory may be true, the contribution of pollutants from fossil fuels and other sources have sped things up, so that the earth cannot keep a balance. We are tipping the scales in our need for power, ramped waste and lack of concern for the effects on the earth, life and ourselves.. Some weather patterns in certain cities are more apparent than others, and for these, they are in a battle for climate survival.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, hosted by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has been established to help member cities experiencing extreme weather conditions and global warming changes, contribute to the study and measurement of the implications of climate change and the impact on the local sustainable activities. From Toronto to Tokyo and Warsaw to Addis Ababa, these partner cities are assisting in developing the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project). The online reporting platform includes detailed information on the mitigation, risks and adaptation of the many variables of effect that climate change has on the partner cities. The interactive report is being used by scientists and other cities around the world to evaluate the overall effect, both in cost and life, that climate change is having on the member cities.
Some of the more obvious effects of climate change can be seen in cities such as Tokyo, where billions of dollars are being invested and yet they cannot keep up with the increased rain and storm effects that have occurred over the last decade, causing one of the world’s richest cities to be overcome by flooding and disasters. Australia, and specifically Melbourne, has experienced devastating heat, with 2009 as the record breaking 115 degrees Fahrenheit, with drought and bush fires in uncontrolled manners, burning the state of Victoria. The 2003 heat wave in Paris is estimated to have reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with a probability of nearing 5,700 human deaths. In 2010, Rio de Janeiro had one of the worst storms in over fifty years; bringing almost a foot of rain in a twenty four hour period and causing 175 deaths and leaving over 15,000 people stranded and homeless. Lagos experienced a 2011 torrential downpour of rain and flooding situations that changed roads into rivers, destroyed sewers and homes and left twenty people dead, with a crippling effect on the economy.
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