Forget Superheroes, Cities to the Rescue: Carbon Disclosure Project Infographic

In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing news about how cities are setting the course for long-term sustainable growth. But first, we want to catch readers up on the conversations we have been having over the past year, featuring the progress being made around the world. The following post originally ran on the C40 Cities Live Blog on February 24, 2012.

Today, the Carbon Disclosure Project released an infographic showing the physical, immediate risks cities across the globe are facing from climate change and how C40 cities are taking concrete action to mitigate these risks. Take a look at the numbers:

  • 92% of cities are at risk due to climate change
  • 40% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change in their area
  • 77% believe climate change could affect the ability of business to operate successfully in their cities

In 2011, C40 and the Carbon Disclosure Project released a report that collected climate change data from 48 cities around the world. The infographic takes this data and visually demonstrates the actions taken by local governments to ensure that cities remain safe places to live and do business despite the effects of climate change.

C40 and the Carbon Disclosure Project are preparing to release a new report in June 2012, in time for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Check out this infographic (click for larger image) from the Carbon Disclosure Project to see where cities are taking action. You can view the full infographic here.

Changing Planet

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.