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The IPCC recently presented in Yokohama the Contribution of Working Group II to the AR5, focussing on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. This effort, conducted by more than 300 scientists from 70 different countries, summarizes 7 years of new research outcomes since the AR4. The contributions confirm the "reason for concerns" of the AR4, but with important novelties. One that we would like to stress here is perhaps a stronger emphasis on social aspects. One of the five major "reasons for concern" highlighted is indeed the adverse impacts that climate change can exert on equity and fair distribution of resources. In fact, not only poorer countries, but also weaker social groups within a country are in fact more vulnerable to climate change impacts. Inequality aversion and fairness should thus be additional motivations to justify mitigation and adaptation action. This also in the light of the fact that an increasing inequality cannot be sustained forever.
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"Urban Areas and Watershed Services: Strategies for Ecosystem Management and Urban Risk Reduction" by Yaella Depietri, Lorenzo Guadagno and Margaretha Breil
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Under scenarios of increasing urban expansion, environmental degradation and hazard exposure, the vulnerability of urban populations needs to be tackled through novel, integrated solutions. The article suggests that urban areas would benefit from a shift in perspective recognizing the connections between urban areas and watersheds.
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