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Call for cities to help guard against climate change

Peter Doherty writes in The Conversation (20.5.15) that Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.

‘With 8 million people crammed into what is an increasingly vertical space, Hong Kong is the evolving model for Asian urbanization. So it’s fitting that Hong Kong was the place where I and several fellow Nobel Laureates signed a memorandum endorsing the need for cities to take a central role in minimizing the harm caused by climate change.

‘How will cities do this, not just in Asia but right around the globe? Our Hong Kong meeting – the fourth Nobel Symposium on Global Sustainability, attended by Nobel Laureates, senior government officials, climatologists, behavioural scientists, engineers, architects, and business leaders from Hong Kong and mainland China – both defined the problem and discussed strategies.’

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