During our most recent class session, we watched a video on the ARC3 (Cities and Climate Change) and learned about the collaborative publication that 106 scholars representing 50 cities came together and completed. This article discusses the issue of how quickly regions are becoming urbanized and the increase in energy consumption (transportation, heating and cooling, economic activity). The article claims that “Southern Africa is considered to be one of the areas at most risk from the impacts of climate change”, which addresses our topic from class: how do they measure risk? Vulnerability? We do not know from this article. It also discusses the potential problems cities will face in terms of droughts, precipitation, sea level rise, and heat waves.
What do you all think about this issue? Will a solution emerge from the individual level or will it have to be a local-national-global effort?