Cities as First Responders to Climate Change


Cities across the globe have emerged as key action centers for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency initiatives. More than 1,000 cities have pledged their commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Knowledge partnerships that engage local researchers, governments, and community groups are essential for enabling cities to fulfill their leadership potential. The partnership between the New York City Panel on Climate Change and city policy-makers led to the co-generation of science-based policy solutions for resiliency in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The Urban Climate Change Research Network is playing a similar role around the globe. Leading up to the COP21 in Paris and beyond, cities must continue to serve as world leaders in advancing action for climate change. How can we as New Yorkers provide leadership on climate change?

Cynthia Rosenzweig
Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and The Earth Institute, Columbia University


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