Focused Adaptation: A Strategic Approach to Climate Adaptation in Cities

July 2021

By: C40 Cities, Elizabeth Charchenko, McKinsey Sustainability
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Table of Contents

Climate Change

This report examines adaptation strategies that decision-makers can consider for addressing climate change. It identifies actions that different cities can adopt based on risk-reduction potential, type of hazard, strategy cost, feasibility, and stakeholder complexity.

Urban Heat Resilience

This report discusses adaptation strategies to address the impacts of climate change on urban areas. Section 2 includes actions related to several hazards, including extreme heat, drought, and wildfire events. It highlights how cities address urban heat by expanding and protecting street trees and investing in 'cool' surface treatments.