Climate Change Research ›› 2022, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (4): 433-441.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2022.114

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Interpretation of IPCC AR6: impacts and adaptations of climate change on cities, settlements and key infrastructure

WANG Jun-Neng1,2, QIN Nian-Xiu1,2(), JIANG Tong3, SU Bu-Da3   

  1. 1 School of Geographical Science and Planning, Nanning Normal University, Nanning 530001, China
    2 Key Laboratory of Environment Change and Resources Use in Beibu Gulf, Ministry of Education, Nanning 530001, China
    3 School of Geographical Science/Institute for Disaster Risk Management, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
  • Received:2022-05-10 Revised:2022-06-07 Online:2022-07-30 Published:2022-07-11
  • Contact: QIN Nian-Xiu


The content of Chapter 6 from the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) contributed by the IPCC Working Group II assessed the impacts and adaptations of climate change on cities, settlements and key infrastructure. The impact of climate change on cities has gradually increased in depth and scope. The dynamic interaction of urban systems with climate change has intensified the risks of cities and settlements. Adaptations through social infrastructure, Nature-based Solutions and grey/physical infrastructure all contribute to urban Climate Resilient Development. Meanwhile, the urban adaptation gap is found to be widespread all over the world. Climate Resilient Development requires collaborations among multiple actors, bridging policy action gaps and enabling conditions for adaptation action in cities, settlements and infrastructure. The experiences of AR6 show that cities in China should adopt climate resilient development paths to improve the adaptation and mitigation of climate change risks.

Key words: IPCC AR6 WGII, Climate change, Cities and settlements, Infrastructure, Adaptation

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