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C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Discusses Adaptation Measures for Sustainable Low Carbon Cities

C40 cities 24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the

world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for

talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40

climate initiative.

The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, established

in 2005 by London's then mayor Ken Livingstone, includes leaders from the 40

largest cities in the world dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It

is estimated that cities worldwide are responsible for 75% of all carbon

dioxide emissions. Participants heard a keynote presentation by Martin Parry,

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Chair, and

engaged in a symposium on “The growing threat of climate change and adaptation

measures for a low carbon city,” moderated by Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special

Advisor to the UNEP Finance Initiative.

In his opening remarks, Tokyo Governor

Shintaro Ishihara said that the climate change talks during the Group of Eight

rich nations Summit in July 2008 in Japan, which called for halving global

carbon emissions by 2050, could have achieved more. Toronto Mayor David Miller

highlighted the vulnerability of cities and pointed to the so-called ‘urban

heat island effect,' in which populated areas heat up in the summer.

Participants then engaged in five sessions on: sustainable adaptation measures

for temperature rise in cities; adaptation measures for water shortage and

deteriorating water source quality from climate change; adaptation measures for

the increasing threat of flood and natural disaster from climate change; food

problems caused by climate change; and further issues needing adaptation

measures.

The next Summit is scheduled to take place in Seoul, Korea, from

18-21 May 2009, around the theme “Cities' Achievements and Challenges in the

Fight against Climate Change.” [C40 Tokyo

Conference on Climate Change] [C40

Large Cities Climate Summit, 18-21 May 2009]