Our cities are on the frontline of the climate change crisis. Rising sea levels threaten millions of citizens with flooding, while colder winters and hotter summers take their toll on the most vulnerable in our cities. The noxious emissions from vehicles passing through our city centres pollute the air that our children breathe.
By Laurence C. Smith & Jan-Gunnar Winther, members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic, | 28 October 2013
The world needs clear-eyed discussion about numerous controversial issues in the Arctic, including the mitigation of climate change impacts, native peoples, economic development, and the region’s growing feedbacks to the rest of the world. Its changing environment means there are many emerging issues which we are becoming more familiar with, yet they persist in their complexity.