06 Jun '12, 4pm

Almost 50% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk.

Almost 50% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk.

This is a gorgeous infographic. Go look at it. Scroll through. Savor. Appreciate the design — but pay attention to the point. The presentation is by C40 , a group of 58 cities that work together to share information and best practices about addressing climate change. (Here’s previous Grist coverage of the group.) Key points from the presentation, quoted directly: Almost 50 percent of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk. Over 90 percent of all urban areas are coastal, putting most cities on Earth at risk of flooding from rising sea levels and powerful storms. [In fact, that process has already begun .] Larger cities have a ravenous appetite for energy, consuming 2/3 of the world’s energy and creating over 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. Today, over 4,700 climate change actions are in effect in the nearly 60 Cities of...

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