I know very little about climate change. I understand the basic arguments, and having worked at the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences a few years ago, I am familiar with some of the recent research. But as an urban planner, I admit that I know very little about the role of climate change in urban development.
Why climate change is ignored or under utilized in urban planning and development
1. Part of the answer has to do with the nature of the variable. Climate is a huge phenomenon that cannot, as a whole, be directly observed. Consequently, it is unwieldy. Climate science tends to rely upon large quantities of data, collected and combed by climate experts. The data and the outcomes are also designed for use by climatologists, not necessarily for urbanists or social scientists, and consequently there is a disconnect between the data and the populations that could create solutions from it. Greater partnership between policy makers, specialists, and climate researchers could lead to more directly useful information.
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