Ramifications of global warming are growing and cities around the world need to start mobilizing. After the BBC released a list of 11 cities that will experience water scarcity in the coming decade, a preliminary Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has also listed a number of cities expected to experience increased temperatures by 2030 due to climate change.
The IPCC report, a work-in-progress by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warns that 13 cities around the world will experience increased temperatures of as little as 1.1°C (1.8°F) and up to 2.0°C (3.6°F) within the next decade.
Among the cities expected to experience such increases is Moscow, which is projected to experience the highest increase in the coming years. According to other reports conducted by the Urban Climate Change Research Network based at Columbia University, over 100 cities could experience increased temperatures.
The majority of the 13 cities are located in the world’s northern hemisphere, unlike the cities listed by the BBC. In Finland, Helsinki is projected to experience an increase of 2.5°C (4.5
“How will the cities know how they should develop their resilience plans unless they know temperature projections [and] how the climate is supposed to change in their cities?”
said Cynthia Rosenzweig, an editor of the report and a researcher with NASA, at a press conference.
Climate change, which is currently being addressed by targeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, has been hitting cities harder recently. Cities the U.S.’ Northeast recently experienced three snowstorms in 10 days. On the other side of the world, Vietnam saw 16 typhoons in 2017 alone, marking one of the highest number in one year on record.
Arguably, the increase in the world’s urban population is partial in worsening the ramifications of climate change. Denser cities are more likely to experience the urban heat island effect while cities with higher populations usually suffer from poor air quality and high levels of emissions.
Approximately half of the world’s population currently lives in cities. By the year 2050, that number will jump to almost 66 percent, according to UN figures.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article cited miscalculated increments in Fahrenheit increase, and cited a UN Report rather than the IPCC report in question.