Five cities taking an action against climate change

Five cities taking an action against climate changeGerman publisher revealed five cities rising to the challenge of climate change in interesting ways, DW.

The list of five came amid Leo DiCaprio and National Geographic presentation of Before the Flood documentary aiming to raise awareness of the global warming.

New Orleans, United States
The city has reconstructed levees and built a network of pumps and floodwalls to protect against 100-year floods - weather events that have just a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year. Climate change could alter these chances.

Da Nang City, Vietnam
An initiative called simply "Building Storm-Resistant Houses" works to secure houses from storms and typhoons. Winner of a 2014 United Nations Momentum for Change Award, the project has facilitated micro-loans that have helped hundreds of families make their homes stronger. This approach to stabilizing the city's buildings and securing the lives of its residents has been adopted into its resilience strategy.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa has boosted public transport with a light-rail transit system and "energy-friendly" express buses. Ethiopia's capital has also made commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world's megacities taking climate action.

Bogotá, Colombia
Colombia's capital city Bogotá is just a stone's throw from from one of the greenest and most biodiverse regions in the world. The cities biggest innovation is its rapid bus transit system Transmilenio, which was established in 2000, brings around 70 percent of the population to their destinations. That saves around 350,000 tons of damaging vehicle emissions each year. The company is planning to swap its old diesel buses for hybrid vehicles. The same goes for the city's taxis.

Freiburg, Germany
In 2012, Freiburg received the National German Sustainability Award for being Germany's most sustainable major city. A short walk around town shows why. Solar panels are everywhere, including on the football stadium, city hall, schools, churches and even waste processing centers. Solar power makes sense for Freiburg, because it enjoys more than 1,800 hours of sunshine a year - making it one of the sunniest cities in the country. The goal is to make the city and its environs 100 percent renewable by 2050.
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