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Moving from agenda to action: evaluating local climate change action plans

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  • Zhenghong Tang
  • Samuel Brody
  • Courtney Quinn
  • Liang Chang
  • Ting Wei
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    Abstract

    Climate change is conventionally recognised as a large-scale issue resolved through regional or national policy initiatives. However, little research has been done to directly evaluate local climate change action plans. This study examines 40 recently adopted local climate change action plans in the US and analyses how well they recognise the concepts of climate change and prepare for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The results indicate that local climate change action plans have a high level of 'awareness', moderate 'analysis capabilities' for climate change, and relatively limited 'action approaches' for climate change mitigation. The study also identifies specific factors influencing the quality of these local jurisdictional plans. Finally, it provides policy recommendations to improve planning for climate change at the local level.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 41-62

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:1:p:41-62

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    Keywords: climate change; local jurisdiction; action plan; quality;

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    Cited by:
    1. Oliver Heidrich & Richard Dawson & Diana Reckien & Claire Walsh, 2013. "Assessment of the climate preparedness of 30 urban areas in the UK," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 120(4), pages 771-784, October.
    2. Fobissie Kalame & Denboy Kudejira & Johnson Nkem, 2011. "Assessing the process and options for implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA): a case study from Burkina Faso," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 16(5), pages 535-553, June.
    3. Millard-Ball, Adam, 2012. "Do city climate plans reduce emissions?," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(3), pages 289-311.

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