It is common knowledge that in 2005, the highest ever temperature was recorded in the Dasht-e-Lut desert. There, the earth’s heated up to +70°C. A lesser-known fact is that the temperature of an ordinary city roof reaches +82°С in summer. Unlike in an uninhabited desert, hot roofs can have more severe consequences. Megacities must deal not only with high temperatures but also with hurricanes, snowfalls, and heavy rains. In New York, buildings are covered with special heat reflective paint; in Abu Dhabi, adaptive sunscreen facades are built. A real underground city has been built in Montreal, where citizens can hide from rough weather, and the concept of a ‘Sponge city’ which helps to reduce the risk of floods, has successfully been implemented in China and Germany. In this session, experts will discuss successful urban adaptation cases to climate change and talk about tools for coping with extreme weather conditions.
How do leading cities combat the urban heat island effect, excessive rainfall, or atypical cold?
How can conflicts of interest be avoided when creating urban climate strategies?
How can we involve business leaders and citizens in developing a climate action plan?