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This quantity brings jointly, for the 1st time, a wide-ranging and unique physique of data selecting and assessing hazard, vulnerability and model to weather switch in city centres in low- and middle-income international locations. Framed by way of an outline of the most chances and constraints for version, the members research the consequences of weather switch for towns in Africa, Asia and Latin the US, and suggest cutting edge agendas for model. The ebook may be of curiosity to coverage makers, practitioners and teachers who face the problem of addressing weather swap vulnerability and variation in city centres through the international South. released with E&U and overseas Institute for surroundings and improvement

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Not only is most urbanization associated with stronger economies; but, generally, the more urbanized a nation, the higher the average life expectancy and literacy rate and the stronger the democracy, especially at the local level. Many of the largest cities may appear chaotic and out of control; but most have life expectancies and provision for piped water, sanitation, schools and healthcare that are well above their national average – even if the aggregate statistics for each large city can hide a significant proportion of their population living in very poor conditions.

There is also not much point in discussing how to adapt urban planning and its regulatory framework to reduce people’s vulnerability to climate change when planning and regulation enforcement will only serve those with power and will be used to evict and dispossess poorer groups whenever it serves those in power to do so. 15 Many factors have contributed to this – for instance, in most urban centres, the unrealistic minimum standards demanded for housing and plot sizes. Many standards in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Asia are still based on regulations created under colonial rule.

These were usually based on standards in force in the colonial power, with no adjustment for extreme weather events common in the colonies. Most were also originally instituted for use only within areas of the colonial city that were inhabited by ‘non-natives’, and under colonial rule these were never seen as measures to be implemented for entire city populations. However, the issue is not that these regulations are inappropriate, but, rather, that they are still used because they serve the interests of those in power.

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