Global cooling: increasing world-wide urban albedos to offset CO2

Increasing urban albedo can reduce summertime temperatures, resulting in better air quality and savings from reduced air-conditioning costs. In addition, increasing urban albedo can result in less absorption of incoming solar radiation by the surface-troposphere system, countering to some extent the global scale effects of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations.

Klimawandelgerechte Stadtentwicklung „Climate-Proof Planning“ (Climate change adapted urban development)

The publication focuses on starting points and procedures to increase the climate resilience of cities and urban regions. It contains parts on „Climate Proofing“, Necessity on Governance-methods and on „Environmental Justice".

Entwurf eines regionalen Handlungs- und Aktionsrahmens Klimaanpassung („Blaupause“) (Draft for a regional Action Framework for Climate Adaptation "Blueprint")

Objective of the publication is to formulate key aspects of a regional action plan for climate adaptation. The format is an idealistic presentation - a blueprint. It contains of a first part for policy makers and a second part with further background information.

The Costs to Developing Countries of Adapting to Climate Change: New Methods and Estimates

To shed light on adaptation costs—and with the global climate change negotiations resuming in December 2009 in Copenhagen—the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC) study was initiated by the World Bank in early 2008, funded by the governments of the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Its objectives are to develop an estimate of adaptation costs for developing countries and to help decision makers in developing countries understand and assess the risks posed by climate change and design better strategies to adapt to climate change.

A qualitative assessment of climate adaptation options and some estimates of adaptation costs

The aim of the current study is to provide a ‘qualitative assessment’ of the direct and indirect effects of adaptation options and to provide an assessment of some of the costs and benefits of adaptation options. The present report presents and summarizes the results of all phases of the study: an inventory of adaptation options, a qualitative assessment of the effects of the adaptation options for the Netherlands in the long run, a database which allows to rank the various options according to a set of criteria and a relative ranking on the basis of these criteria.

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