China's adaptation to climate & urban climatic changes: A critical review
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AbstractSince the conclusion of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York and the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, China has been actively advancing its national policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation since more unpredictable extreme weather events are expected, which may incur a heavy cost in terms of economics and public health. Since China is still in the process of urbanisation, the greatest challenge it faces is finding a balance between economic growth and keeping carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emission rates at a manageable level. Cities in China play a key role in the implementation of the central policies and make concrete actions in response to climate change. With reference to a series of recent policy papers and action plans as the background, this paper attempts to provide a critical overview of China's climate change action plans from the national to the city and urban level. It seeks to understand whether the proposed responses to climate change and strategies for actions on greening and air corridors for cities and urban areas are appropriate. It is found that for China to advance its urban climatic adaptation strategy there is a need for (1) urban data, (2) a cross-disciplinary impact assessment, and (3) the development of a market and policy transformation mechanism.
Acceptance Date12/07/2017
All Author(s) ListEdward Ng, Chao Ren
Journal nameUrban Climate
Year2018
Month3
Volume Number23
PublisherElsevier
Pages352 - 372
ISSN2212-0955
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsClimate change, Urban climate, China's adaptation straggles

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