New C40-CNN partnership unveils infographic: cities on the front line of climate change

In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to continuing to share news about how cities are setting the course for long-term sustainable growth. But first, we want to catch readers up on a powerful new infographic released just before the Rio+20 Earth Summit and featuring the climate impact and actions of five very different C40 cities around the world. The following post reprises the original text that ran on the C40.org Blog on June 19, 2012.

The C40 recently teamed up with CNN International to unveil a seriously cool infographic on climate impacts and actions in global cities. The dynamic, multi-media feature spotlights the cities of Lagos, Melbourne, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo and showcases data from the recently published  Measurement for Management CDP Cities 2012 Global Report.

The infographic – “Five cities battling floods, heat and storms” – includes rich and varied content and puts users on-the-ground in the five global cities with access to vital statistics, photographs and video footage creating a direct and compelling storytelling experience. Users can click through to explore how these geographically diverse cities are coping with the impacts of climate change — from rising sea levels, heatwaves, and droughts to more frequent and severe storms — and protecting their populations and economies.

The infographic is a part of CNN International’s broader Road to Rio environment strand that focused on cities and CO2 emissions. Its release coincided with the Rio+C40 event, engaging a broad audience, and sending a strong message to state-level government leaders on the importance of addressing urban sustainability.

We encourage you to check out the infographic…and spread the word.

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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.