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Press Release 11-072

Climate Change Poses Major Risks for Unprepared Cities

Fast-growing urban areas most likely to feel the heat

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Photo of Mexico City.

People in urban areas like Mexico City are especially at risk from the effects of climate change.

Credit: Carlye Calvin


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Graph showing temperature versus a cross-section of a city showing lower temperatures at borders.

Cross-section of a city: lower temperatures are at borders than in populated downtown areas.

Credit: UCAR Windows to the Universe


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Map of London's Congestion Charging Zone.

London's Congestion Charging Zone is intended to encourage use of mass transit.

Credit: City of London


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Photo of areas affected by flash floods in Rio de Janiero and vicinity.

Flash floods that crippled the city of Rio de Janiero and surrounding areas.

Credit: City of Rio de Janiero


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Photo of people holding umbrellas during a rain fall in a city.

Urban areas can help make clouds and rain fall within or downwind of a city.

Credit: UCAR


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