The role of green infrastructure in adapting cities to climate change

Authored by: Ian Douglas

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415


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The words adaptation and mitigation have specific meanings in the context of climate change through their use in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Adaptation refers to the ‘adjustments that are possible in practices, processes, or structures of systems to projected or actual changes of climate. Adaptation can be spontaneous or planned, and can be carried out in response or in anticipation of change in climate conditions’ (Watson et al. 1996: 863). Mitigation is defined as ‘an anthropogenic intervention to reduce the emissions or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases’ (Watson et al. 1996: 869).

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