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Water in the Urban Environment: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Climate

This report, delivered at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's October 2008 Conference in Milan, Italy, discusses the effect of climate change on Earth's hydrological cycles. It cites the resulting rising sea levels, more frequent extreme precipitation events, more severe droughts, and more instances of flooding as some of the most pressing and immediate challenges to urban areas. It encourages public, private, and nongovernmental collaboration in devising creative solutions to these problems, like increasing a city's tendency to conserve water to mitigate the effects of extreme flooding should it occur. Plans for mitigating the effects of climate change on water availability in an urban environment, it notes, must account for the complexity of systems and system interdependency.

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