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CDP Cities 2011

Fig. 35: Risk profile of voluntary cities Burlington Yes

Identified physical risks from climate change

Compounding factors that may worsen physical effects of climate change

Threat to ability of businesses to operate successfully

Other risks

Largest urban area in State of Vermont

Increased flood risk could imperil many farms located in low-lying floodplains

Increased demand for social services

Edina -

Projected considerably warmer and drier climate, especially in summer


Kaohsiung Yes

Over-development along the coast (erosion, impacts of sea level rising)

Flooding affects water supply, transportation

Climate change and demographical changes (aging population): health risks, isolation

Regulation: major emission sources are to report GHG emissions and energy performance

Cities consider climate change a serious enough threat that many of them report a potential impact on local businesses Voluntary cities report that the potential impacts of climate change could threaten the ability of businesses to operate successfully in their city. Potential impacts mentioned are damages to water supply, infrastructure, buildings and agriculture due to floods as well as drought affecting water supply, energy and food prices and the tourism industry.

4 cities indicate that they have a plan for increasing their city’s resilience to the expected physical effects of climate change. Responses include emergency preparedness plans, the management of river catchment areas, strengthening infrastructure including drainage works and awareness campaigns on integrated water control.

The Kaohsiung City Government is setting up a database of the vulnerable and sensitive areas for the city. The database is expected to be the reference for future urban development and disaster prevention.

“Water shortages and increased temperatures will negatively impact the tourism industry. However, it is likely that outdoor recreational activities will be hit the hardest by climate change.”

Las Vegas

“Decreased snow pack makes for increased flood risk in spring, as larger amounts of water are expected to melt in a short amount of time. Decreased snowpack also adversely affects Vermont’s ski tourism, a large source of revenue across the state.”


Las Vegas Yes

Desert location

Taipei Yes


Water shortages and increased aridity impact leisure and hospitality




of voluntary cities identified opportunities such as: longer growing season, fewer freezes, less extreme freezes

“Taipei City is located in the Taipei Basin in northern part of Taiwan. It is bordered by the Xindian River on the south and the Danshui (Tamsui) River on the west, with the Keelung River meandering slowly across the city from east to west…Although these three rivers have been extensively embanked in the past decades, Taipei city is still vulnerable to flooding.”


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