70% More Cities Report on Climate Change in 2016

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By Andrea Vittorio

Aug. 4 — Seventy percent more cities are now measuring and disclosing data on climate change compared to a year ago, according to the nonprofit CDP.

A record 533 of the world's cities told CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, how they are managing emissions and other related risks in the year after nations agreed to a historic climate accord.

“This is welcome and encouraging news,” as governments ratify and implement the agreement reached at the end of 2015, Patricia Espinosa, the new executive secretary of the United Nations body that oversaw the climate negotiations, said in a statement.

Africa saw a nearly fourfold jump, from 12 to 46, in the number of cities making climate disclosures. Another 136 Latin American cities reported on climate change, over half of which are in Brazil, including the host of this year’s Olympic games, Rio de Janeiro.

Other first-time climate disclosures came from cities in Eastern Europe and Canada as well as Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Guangzhou, China.

“Disclosing environmental information fuels awareness that in turn helps city leaders plan, finance and build low-carbon resilient cities,” CDP's executive chairman Paul Dickinson said. Four in 10 cities now publish emissions inventories, up from one in 10 cities in 2011.

Cities worldwide are also coordinating on climate change like never before as part of a newly formed coalition co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the majority owner of BNA's parent Bloomberg L.P. CDP's cities program receives support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Vittorio in Washington at avittorio@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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