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Cities Urged to Work With Scientists On Systems Approach To Climate Change To Avoid Unintended Consequences

March 05, 2018 |

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“An urban environment expert at ANU has warned that city councils acting alone to address climate change, in the absence of an evidence-based systems approach, can have unintended consequences.Professor Xuemei Bai from ANU and other urban experts from around the world identified six research priorities for cities and  in a Nature comment piece.

They also called for a stronger collaboration between scientists, urban policy makers and practitioners, ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Canada next week. “Cities are open, complex, dynamic systems with a global reach,” said Professor Bai, an urban environment and human ecology expert at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

“Well-intended local actions can displace issues to other sectors or into the future. One city’s crack-down on energy-intensive production might shift the problem to less-regulated regions, with no net effect on global emissions.”…”

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