Danish capital Copenhagen consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities – but it is not immune to climate change impacts such as severe flooding. In this interview, architect Camilla van Deurs of well-known urban planning firm Gehl People shares how the city is rejuvenating itself and building climate resilience at the same time.

A climate adaptation neighbourhood in Copenhagen designed to store and delay large amounts of rainwater so the city can avoid the disastrous flooding experienced in recent years due to heavier rainfall. Image: Eco-Business

Gehl People, the Danish urban research and design consulting firm, is known worldwide for its work in improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.

As the firm’s partner, director and team lead design, Camilla van Deurs specialises in intelligent urban development that improves liveability for citizens as well as builds resilience in cities.

Climate resilience has emerged as a key issue in recent years among policymakers and urban planners alike as cities all over the world prepare themselves for the potential impacts of climate change. 

Read more: How to create liveable, climate resilient cities


Source: Mina Lee

The dog days of summer were particularly dogged this year. July clocked in as the hottest month on record, marking the midpoint of what is likely to be the hottest year on record. With sweltering temperatures came a litany of crummy climate news — floods in Louisiana, Zika in Miami, searing heat waves across the Northeast — with dire implications for human health.

Read more: Four infographics that show how climate change is affecting your health: From carbon to coffin


Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps.

Alone, they each tell the story of whether a year was mostly hot or mostly cold or mostly average. Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed since the 1850s, including the rapid rise over the past three decades.

These maps show how much the planet has warmed every year since 1850. It's really worth viewing this large (clicking that link will open a 10 MB file).

Read more: 167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change


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