Journal article

Networking Cities after Paris: Weighing the Ambition of Urban Climate Change Experimentation

Emilia Smeds, Michele Acuto

GLOBAL POLICY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Over the past few decades, cities have repeatedly demonstrated high levels of ambition with regard to climate action. Global environmental governance has been marked by a proliferation of policy actions taken by local governments around the world to demonstrate their potential to advance climate change mitigation and adaptation. Leading ‘by example’ and demonstrating the extent of action that it is possible to deliver, cities have aspired to raise the ambition of national and international climate governance and put action into practice via a growing number of ‘climate change experiments’ delivered on the ground. Yet accounts of the potential of cities in global environmental governance have..

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