Climate change places new demands on policy makers

How can you frame policies on such an uncertain subject as climate change? This is the big question that confronts policy makers in the 21st century.

Cities often turn out to be surprisingly flexible and innovative in their approach. New York City is a good example.

By making the costs and benefits so clear at such an early stage, the city is recruiting support among both the residents and the business community

It was not without reason that New York City Mayor Michael. R. Bloomberg was elected in late September 2010 as the new chairman of the C40. This is a network in which 40 major cities are combining their energies and knowledge to lower their CO2 emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change. New York City leads the way in adaptation and mitigation. "While global warming clearly requires action at the national and international levels", Bloomberg said when accepting his role as chair of the C40, "those of us in city government have a responsibility to act boldly and quickly to address these problems. No one has a monopoly on good ideas, and the C40 cities, by working with one another on innovative carbon reduction strategies, have an opportunity to show the world what is possible" read more »

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This is an abstract of an article, published in the magazine Deltas in times of climate change.

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Maartje Smeets