Extreme weather

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Improving Penang's Environment

George Town

Think City is organizing Penang’s first Climathon as part of the Penang Climate Action Week 2019.

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How can we prevent Batticaloa from extreme weather conditions and its impacts?


Batticaloa district is known to be prone to extreme annual weather conditions and its aftermaths such as flooding, extreme droughts and winds and etc. Participants are expected to propose solutions that reduce the impacts of such or strategies to reduce them recurring.

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Water & Sanitation


The supply clean and affordable water to half of Nairobi's citizen remains a challenge in the face of water loses, intermittent supply and lack of quality. At the same time, the lack of adequate waste water treatment solutions carries manifold health and enviromental risk and consequences.

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How can we sensitize people in Mannheim to the risks of extreme weather events and motivate them to


In recent decades, extreme weather events such as heat waves, cold waves, intense storms and droughts have become more frequent and more intense. Further unprecedented increases are expected, making the development of resilience an urgent need for all cities.

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How can we develop the best architecture to combat the increasing heat affect and floods?


What are the permanent measures to be taken up to beat the increasing heat and to avoid urban flood and ensure free flow of water in the city?

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How can we make Hyderabad more resilient to climate change?


Resilience is an essential component because climate change is both a global and a local issue. We have to be prepared for the impacts of climate change on the water, air, and health.

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How to avoid or mitigate floods during the rainy season?


Vladivostok in seen the effects in climate change across all seasons with less steady weather conditions and more stochastic events

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What are participatory solutions for climate adaptation between municipality, citizens and firms?


The problem of citizen involvement seems paradoxical: Most damage occurs on the property of citizens, yet the citizens are not motivated to take precipitation adaptation measures. So how they can be engaged in local adaptation plans and participate in building a climate resilient city?

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How can we reduce the impact of extreme atmospheric events by the use of greenery?


Gaiba, a small village of the Po Valley, is facing more extreme events such as floods, droughts, tornados and storms in the last years. We need adaptation solutions bringing greenery into the urban and rural environment to reduce the impact of extreme atmospheric events.

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How do we react to extreme weather events?

In the last decades, extreme climate events, such as heat waves, cold waves, intense storms, and droughts have become more frequent and intense. Further increases are expected to occur at unprecedented levels therefore resilience development is an urgent need for all cities.

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Recent weather events suggest climate change plays a significant role in modifying the severity and frequency of extreme weather. Extreme weather events such as summer heat waves are becoming increasingly unpredictable. This increases the vulnerability of communities and reduces the resilience of socio-economic regulations, such as infrastructure or insurance. These intensified weather extremes have the potential to overwhelm current coping strategies of cities.

Most-affected sectors: Energy, Transport and Industry

The strongest rise in multi-hazard damage is projected for the energy sector. Current (expected annual) damage of €0.5 billion per year could be 400%, 860% and 1600% higher by the 2020s, 2050s, and 2080s, respectively. This rise results from the sectors sensitivity to droughts and heat waves.

A comparable trend can be observed for the transport sector: an increase of current damage of €0.8 billion per year with 1500% by the end of this century. For the transport sector, heat waves will largely dominate future damage (92% of total hazard damage by 2080s), mainly by affecting roads and railways.

Sea level rise and increased storm surges will lead to strong increases in damage to ports in the coming century. For industry, which faces the greatest damage among the sectors considered, current damage of €1.5 billion per year is estimated to increase 10-fold.

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