Extreme climate events, climate change and adaptation in the State of Sao Paulo

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In this paper, we analyze secondary data from surveys focusing on climate change and adaptation in Sao Paulo municipalities. The survey was completed by municipal actors who work in 332 of the 645 municipalities in the State. In this paper, we use a theoretical framework on urban climate governance, which highlights the role that local governments play in proposing strategies to deal with climate change, to present and discuss data related to: 1) the occurrence of extreme climatic events in these municipalities; 2) the impacts of these events; 3) local government actors' perception about climate change; and 4) local actions and responses. Our analysis of these data significantly contributes to better understanding how cities in the most populous and economically developed state in Brazil perceive, respond and deal with climate change and what critical challenges hamper climate adaptation in these cities.

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Di Giulio, G. M., Torres, R. R., da Penha Vasconcellos, M., Braga, D. R. G. C., Mancini, R. M., & Lemos, M. C. (2019). Extreme climate events, climate change and adaptation in the State of Sao Paulo. Ambiente e Sociedade, 22, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1590/1809-4422ASOC0277R1VU19L4AO

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