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Green Works for Climate Resilience

  • Kara E. Reeve and Ryan Kingston
  • Apr 01, 2014

A Community Guide to Climate Planning

Today, more than half of the people in the world, and 80 percent of the U.S. population, live in urban areas. Cities are on the front lines of climate change impacts, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, drought, and extreme weather—all of which are exacerbating existing urban challenges, including resource degradation, economic downturns, affordable housing crises and others. The ability of cities to thrive in the face of rapid growth and a changing climate will depend on the ways in which we plan, develop, and manage our cities in the coming decades.

Green Works for Climate Resilience outlines how nature-based approaches can be used by communities to prepare for and respond to accelerating climate impacts. The report describes a variety of climate-related impacts, including sea-level rise, coastal and inland flooding, and extreme heat, and highlights examples of communities across the nation that are employing innovative approaches to address these climate risks.

Green Works for Climate Resilience

A Community Guide to Climate Planning


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