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WSPs Dr Katherine Maxwell discusses climate change action

WSP's Dr Katherine Maxwell discusses climate change action

 November 17, 2022

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WSP is committed to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges the future will bring. WSP Associate Director & Net-Zero Cities Team Lead, Dr Katherine Maxwell, looks at the role that cities play in reaching net-zero and adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis.

The climate crisis has become a reality around the world with cities vulnerable to its impact. On Biodiversity Day at COP27, WSP's Dr Katherine Maxwell discussed with edie, an information resource driving sustainability in business, how some cities are using nature to adapt to climate change.

Key climate threats to cities

Katherine highlighted that extreme heat is a pressing issue for cities as many of the materials that make up the fabric of urban environments (such as concrete and tarmac) absorb and retain solar energy.

Despite the challenges, Katherine explained that those involved in city planning across the world are developing innovative, collaborative approaches to urban adaptation.

"Certainly, every city is different and as such there is no one-size-fits-all adaptation approach. But, by working closely with local communities and businesses and recognising the challenges they face, local and regional governments can develop effective solutions that are specific to their residents," said Katherine.

Read more about Katherine's insight into the role that cities play, not just in reaching net-zero, but also in adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis.

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