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Expert reaction to effects of climate change on cities

Posted On: 10 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

Research. published in PLOS One , reports predicted changes that major world cities will undergo as a result of climate change.
Prof Gabi Hegerl FRS, Professor of Climate System Science at the University of Edinburgh, said:
“What I find most striking are the number of cities that move to unknown climatic conditions, most of them in the tropics. Some of these are large and fast-growing cities, and the new conditions could be harmful or dangerous as they are presently inexperienced in coming with extreme events.
“The study considers some aspects of extremes but doesn't capture individual events like unprecedented heatwaves, droughts and heavy rainfall or flooding. Also, sea level rise will add to the difficulties faced by many of these cities.
“While this city pairing exercise is novel and interesting to do, it doesn't quite capture the difficulties we will face.”
Prof Mike Lockwood FRS, Professor of Space Environment Physics at the University of Reading, said:
“This is a really useful piece of work on climate...

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