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By Martina Grecequet, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota; Active Collaborator, ND-GAIN

Despite the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, climate change is still one of the greatest challenges we face around the world.

Therefore, it’s important we don’t overlook both the environmental and social consequences associated with our changing climate. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprints by means of improved efficiency in the energy, transportation and agriculture industries, adapting to current climate stresses is of equal importance.

ND-GAIN’s Urban Adaptation Assessment looks to pave the way for climate action

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) is excited to share updates regarding our ongoing urban work! While increasing extreme weather events are frightening and lives and livelihoods are at stake, we’re making progress on a city-based analysis that will prompt leaders and citizens to discuss such issues and take action. After a winter of team discussions and revamping our methodology, data collection for our Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is underway.

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the 24-month project is assessing the vulnerability to climate hazards and readiness to adapt of every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 – more than 270 in all. We’ve spent our first six months taking lessons learned from our pilot project and jumping right into to the scale-out of the UAA, which will conclude in September 2018.

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