- A city’s ability to cope with higher temperatures and changing precipitation patterns depends upon a number of factors including population density, demographics, availability of green space and geographic location.
- While urban adaptation to climate change appears to be an issue of local governance, cities in Europe are strongly linked and therefore require a broader perspective. Challenges faced in one urban region may have an impact on the economy and/or quality of life in another.
- To understand these issues, the European Environment Agency has released a report that maps out the capacities of different European cities to cope with the impacts of a changing climate in terms of their awareness (knowledge and equity), ability (access to technology and infrastructure) and action (economy, resources and institutions).
This information is expected to facilitate multi-level discussions and information/ experiences shared abroad may add value to adaptation plans within the UK.