[ExI] U.S. cities try to adapt to climate change
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U.S. cities try to adapt to climate change
by Wendy Koch, USA TODAY Aug 16, 2011
Adapt to climate change? While some members of Congress debate its
scientific validity, U.S. cities are going beyond efforts to mitigate
climate change with lower greenhouse gas emissions. They're at the
forefront of an emerging trend: adaptation.
"It's a new field," says Brian Holland, director of climate programs
at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA. His association
launched a Climate Resilient Communities program last year to help
cities study effects of climate change and finance ways to adapt.
Nearly 600 local governments, representing one-fourth of the U.S.
population, have signed on.
Financing such projects is a challenge now for local governments, but
not all needed changes require extra cash, says David Bragdon,
director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City.
"It's altering the way we're doing things," he says. "It's building
something to fit the likely conditions of the future."
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