IPCC report: Coastal cities are sentinels for climate change. It’s where our focus should be as we prepare for inevitable impacts

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 05:53:18 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Coastal cities and settlements are on the climate change frontline. They are
our first line of defence, facing some of the highest climate risks. But they
are also where transformative climate-resilient development can happen.

This is one of the key findings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,
released overnight.

I have contributed to the section on coastal cities, which concludes:

Realising global aspirations for climate resilient development depends on
the extent to which coastal cities and settlements […] close the coastal
adaptation gap, and take urgent action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

This is especially relevant for Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia because our
people, the things we value and our economies and livelihoods are concentrated
along the shoreline.

Resilient and sustainable coastal livelihoods depend on maintaining diverse,
productive and healthy coastal ecosystems in the face of global change."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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