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CitiesIPCC: Suggestions to accelerate action on climate co-benefits in cities?


CitiesIPCC: Suggestions to accelerate action on climate co-benefits in cities?13-01-2018 07:03
Msethi
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Hi, as some of you may be aware IPCC is organizing its first ever meet on cities titled Cities and Climate Change Science Conference 2018 in Edmonton, Canada from 5-7 March (https://citiesipcc.org/). Its aim is to foster new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy. I have been invited to chair a session on "Co-benefits: Practical experiences, lessons learned, knowledge gaps and policy imperatives to change urbanization paths in the emerging economies".

The aim of this session is to discuss the necessary changes in current urbanization and GHG path in rapidly developing countries, having climate co-benefits as an approach. As evidence, there would be case studies from China, India, Brazil, Iran and Turkey. The organizers are further open to have inputs from a wider community including experts, practitioners, thinkers and commoners who would like to suggest how climate action agenda could be better mainstreamed into planning and management of cities.

In order to make this session truly representative of people's aspirations from different countries following diverse techno-societal systems, I invite you to offer your suggestions in light of the session brief (see below).

Please keep your ideas specific and to the point. In the end, I would analyze these and report the most relevant suggestions in the conference proceeding, hence I encourage you to identify yourself, so that this exercise becomes more credible.

Dr Mahendra Sethi
New Delhi, India


Session Description- Co-benefits: Practical experiences, lessons learned, knowledge gaps and policy imperatives to change urbanization paths in the emerging economies
The future of sustainable development objectives is intrinsically linked to the future development processes in our cities, particularly in emerging economies. These transforming urban societies face multiple challenges like addressing economic development needs, local environmental loss, poor-infrastructure and climate resilience, amongst increasing contributions to global GHGs. This is further accentuated by their low performance on parameters of social development, equity, functional autonomy and financial capacity. Nevertheless, cities being centers of knowledge, debates and politics bear immense potential to catalyze partnerships, economies of scale and efficiency gains that lower the use of resources and energy, and thereby promote doing more with less, while offering fair outcomes to the most vulnerable people and the environment. In the last decade or so, the co-benefits approach has proved to be a key mechanism that provides both vertical cross-linkages between institutions (global, national and local objectives) on the one end and horizontal interactions between mitigation and adaptation related policy sectors on the other, to co-generate positive and larger impacts. It thus becomes crucial to assess the practical application of co-benefits experience- lessons learned, scientific tools, knowledge gaps in the emerging economies with the overarching aim to discern policy imperatives that moderate current unsustainable pathways of urbanization. The session would present a capsule of knowledge on co-benefits as an approach to change urbanization paths in rapidly developing countries, particularly in India, China, Brazil, Turkey and Iran, which all together comprise of 1.5 billion urban inhabitants. Reflections from the developed context that have a bearing on growing cities in the developing world are equally welcome.
13-01-2018 12:34
Tim the plumber
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Given that the most extreme problem facing anybody from the projections is a rise in sea level of less than 1m I suggest that urban planners consider adding a little to the sea defences they build.

The additional cost will be less than the budget for traffic lights and the need to keep there cool and not panic.

Should do the trick. Maybe a little better flood defences vs rainfall would be good as well. That might be slightly increased, and the once in a century events that are planned for need to be considered more likely as when you plan for one of those you should be planning for 100 diffeerent once in a century events. The ones you adequately planned for will not be noticed but the one you didn't will ruin your career.
13-01-2018 19:37
litesong
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"old sick silly sleepy sleazy slimy steenkin' AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" plugged:...rise in sea level of less than 1m.....adding a little to the sea defences(sic) they build. The additional cost will be less than the budget for traffic lights.... Maybe a little better flood defences(sic) vs rainfall...... once in a century events that are planned for need to be considered more likely.....
"old sick silly sleepy sleazy slimy steenkin' AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" lowballs rising oceans plus the costs to combat ocean rises. Already Miami paid $450 million just to pump sea water back to the sea from flooding from a bad storm. Wait till the bills come in from ocean waters that don't recede after major storms breach the minimal defenses erected by "old sick silly sleepy sleazy slimy steenkin' AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger". AGW defenses of "tipped the leaky plunger" are as thoughtful as its spelling of "defense".
13-01-2018 19:45
Into the Night
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Tim the plumber wrote:
Given that the most extreme problem facing anybody from the projections is a rise in sea level of less than 1m I suggest that urban planners consider adding a little to the sea defences they build.

The additional cost will be less than the budget for traffic lights and the need to keep there cool and not panic.

Should do the trick. Maybe a little better flood defences vs rainfall would be good as well. That might be slightly increased, and the once in a century events that are planned for need to be considered more likely as when you plan for one of those you should be planning for 100 diffeerent once in a century events. The ones you adequately planned for will not be noticed but the one you didn't will ruin your career.


Heh. Do you know how much water is in 1 meter of sea level rise? Just how much ice do these idiots think is ON the land masses of the Earth, assuming you melted ALL of it???


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13-01-2018 20:54
litesong
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[b]Into the Night wrote
o you know how much water is in 1 meter of sea level rise? Just how much ice do these idiots think is ON the land masses of the Earth, assuming you melted ALL of it???
There is about 360,000 cubic kilometers in a 1 meter of ocean rise. Only a small portion of land ice, if melted, would raise oceans 10 times higher than 1 meter.
14-01-2018 12:02
Tim the plumber
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litesong wrote:
[b]Into the Night wrote
o you know how much water is in 1 meter of sea level rise? Just how much ice do these idiots think is ON the land masses of the Earth, assuming you melted ALL of it???
There is about 360,000 cubic kilometers in a 1 meter of ocean rise. Only a small portion of land ice, if melted, would raise oceans 10 times higher than 1 meter.


Correct. Well done.

How much water flows down the Mississippi per month?
14-01-2018 21:17
litesong
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"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" plopped:
litesong wrote:
"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner filthy vile reprobate rooting (& rotting) racist pukey proud pig AGW denier liar whiner badnight" bluffed: Do you know how much water is in 1 meter of sea level rise? Just how much ice do these idiots think is ON the land masses of the Earth, assuming you melted ALL of it???
There is about 360,000 cubic kilometers in a 1 meter of ocean rise. Only a small portion of land ice, if melted, would raise oceans 10 times higher than 1 meter.
Correct. Well done.
Oh, "old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner filthy vile reprobate rooting (& rotting) racist pukey proud pig AGW denier liar whiner badnight" isn't very good at mathematics, because it never had science chemistry astronomy physics algebra & pre-calc in its poorly earned hi skule DEE-plooomaa. It left itself wide open.
15-01-2018 17:42
Tim the plumber
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litesong wrote:
"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" plopped:
litesong wrote:
"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner filthy vile reprobate rooting (& rotting) racist pukey proud pig AGW denier liar whiner badnight" bluffed: Do you know how much water is in 1 meter of sea level rise? Just how much ice do these idiots think is ON the land masses of the Earth, assuming you melted ALL of it???
There is about 360,000 cubic kilometers in a 1 meter of ocean rise. Only a small portion of land ice, if melted, would raise oceans 10 times higher than 1 meter.
Correct. Well done.
Oh, "old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner filthy vile reprobate rooting (& rotting) racist pukey proud pig AGW denier liar whiner badnight" isn't very good at mathematics, because it never had science chemistry astronomy physics algebra & pre-calc in its poorly earned hi skule DEE-plooomaa. It left itself wide open.


I am asking you to multiply the flow rate of the Mississippi by the time of 1 month.

It's OK, you don't need algebra for this. You can do it.
15-01-2018 18:41
litesong
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"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" plopped:I am asking you....
"old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" thinks it has a teaching certificate, is authoritarian, can hand out homework, grade it & impose penalties. Meanwhile, "old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner tipped the leaky plunger" remains an old sick silly sleepy sleezy AGW denier liar whiner, who is a tipped leaky plunger.




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