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Magali Dreyfus: Tokyo shows path to cutting emissions

Local governments, particularly cities, are key authorities for tackling climate change. Cities are heavy emitters of greenhouse gases, accounting for 40-70% of emissions worldwide, according to a study by U.N.-Habitat, a program focusing on sustainable human settlements.

     Conversely, cities are also particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The concentration of people and economic assets increases the costs of these impacts, and the built-up environment exacerbates these problems.

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