ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mainstreaming Climate Smart Strategies in the Sanitation Sector in Asian Cities

There is a high correlation between urbanisation and the emission of greenhouse gases. Landfills and sewers in cities generate 15% of methane emissions; this sector offers immense possibilities for the mitigation of methane emissions in Asian megacities. Capturing methane by efficiency improvements in the working of both sewage treatment plants and sanitary landfills has co-benefits in terms of both public health as well as mitigating climate change. The linking of climate change strategies with improvements in the sanitation sector, particularly in the megacities of South and South East Asia, is analysed.

The focus of the world’s response to climate change has so far been on nation states. Until the Paris Agreement of December 2015 on mitigating greenhouse gases and the Kigali Agreement of October 2016 on reducing the emission of hydrofluorocarbons, the inability of nation states in brokering comprehensive agreements regarding slowing down global warming resulted in inadequate positive action. The emphasis is only now shifting to how cities, and in particular how megacities, are and will be the focal points of climate change intervention.

Cities and Climate Change

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Updated On : 22nd Jun, 2018
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