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The Vulnerability of Global Cities to Climate Hazards

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Resource type:Articles
Language:English
Keywords:Environment, Urban, Urban design/planning
Countries:Brazil, China, India
Author(s):de Sherbinin, A., Schiller, A. and Pulsipher, A.
Date published:2007
Publisher:Environment and Urbanization Vol 19 No 1
Pages:27pp

This paper examines the vulnerabilities of three global coastal cities – Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai – to climate hazards. The paper highlights system characteristics that, in unique combinations, create place-based vulnerabilities to climate hazards. It describes these vulnerabilities then discusses the implications of the results for city planners and managers. A concluding section assesses some of the political obstacles to better disaster preparedness.

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