Summary of the IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlements and Infrastructure

Thanks to Professor Alistair Woodward for providing us with this brief summary of the IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlements and Infrastructure – March 22-24, Kolkata

The 4th Assessment Report had no stand alone section on urban issues, despite the importance of cities as an economic force and the centre of population growth world-wide. It has been resolved that the 5th Report will focus more explicitly on settlements and the related issue of infrastructure, and also will attempt to bridge more satisfactorily the work of Working Group 2 (impacts and adaptation) and Working Group 3 (mitigation). It might be noted also that AR4 focused strongly on technology and efficiency as responses to climate change; here there is an opportunity to take a broader approach, and examine the systemic and structural influences on land use and energy consumption.