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Climate Change Poses Major Risks for Unprepared Cities

Boulder – Cities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect residents from the likely impacts of climate change, even though billions of urban dwellers are vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise, and other changes associated with warming temperatures.

A new examination of urban policies by Patricia Romero Lankao at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in conjunction with an international research project on cities and climate change, warns that many of the world’s fast-growing urban areas, especially in developing countries, will likely suffer disproportionately from the impacts of changing climate.

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