Nature can help us fight climate change – if we hurry

  • Andrew Steer is chief executive of the World Resources Institute and Patrick Verkooijen is CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation.
  • Fewer natural buffers, and rising seas from melted ice, will create a new order – one where fires, droughts and floods will be even more frequent and powerful, and the loss to lives and livelihoods more devastating.
  • Now Sabesp, São Paulo’s water company, has planted more than 1,000 hectares (about 2,500 acres) of trees in recent years, and São Paulo itself has become one of the 45 founders of Cities4Forests, a World Resources Institute movement designed to promote integrating nature into urban strategy.

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