By Conor Rifle – head of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Cities program.
When the next big natural disaster rolls through your city, you can scan the skies for Superman or one of his caped brethren. But in all likelihood, your salvation will come from someone on this earthly world: your local government.
City governments around the world are taking the threat of climate change seriously. Many are already taking steps behind the scenes to protect future generations from harm. That’s why the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released this infographic showcasing the efforts that city governments are taking to reduce the impact of climate change on their jurisdictions. Many of the city governments reporting to CDP are taking actions to reduce emissions and protect their citizens and businesses from the physical effects of climate change:
Caracas, Venezuela is increasing the capacity and maintenance of its storm drains to deal with increased rainfall. Seoul is investing in its mosquito control systems to reduce the spread of new contagious diseases. And Toronto is doubling the number of trees in its city to reduce the urban heat island effect. Overall, more than 90% of reporting cities said that their cities faced significant physical risks as a result of climate change.
(click the infographic to view it in full)
48 cities reported their climate change risks and opportunities to CDP last year, in a program run in partnership with C40 Cities. Now in its second year, CDP Cities provides a global system that enables cities around the world to voluntarily measure, disclose, and track their progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and managing climate change risk. Some 3,700 companies already report to CDP annually, including over 400 of the world’s largest 500 listed corporations.
Any city, regardless of size, can report to CDP. This year, cities have until 2 March 2012 to report. Responses will be made available to the public through cdproject.net and an analysis of the findings will be released in June 2012. For more information contact [email protected].