1st Edition

Climate Health Risks in Megacities Sustainable Management and Strategic Planning

By Cesar Marolla Copyright 2017
    369 Pages
    by CRC Press

    370 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Climate Health Risks in Megacities: Sustainable Management and Strategic Planning courageously confronts the immense challenges of alleviating climate change and takes the initiative to layout an agenda that calls for action in the rapidly changing landscape of our global climate. This guide provides a constructive methodology for developing and implementing risk management and operational continuity management systems to climate change effects on urban populations. It addresses key issues such as physical location, proper sanitation, food security and vector-borne diseases against the backdrop of climate change, and then model its effect on the urban dwellers. The author also reveals the benefits of implementing a unique risk management approach to combat global threats and focuses on building urban resilience in the face of disasters. Prepared with a comprehensive and forward-thinking style, this book draws on indispensable case studies in key megacities like New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, London, Mumbai, and Lagos, and links researchers, scientists, city’s mayors, environmentalists, policy-makers and world leaders from central areas to review, reflect, and expound on future directions.


    Part 1: Managing Climate Change and Health Risks in Megacities
    Chapter 1 Megacities and Public Health
    Chapter 2 The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and its Implications for Human Health and Urban Areas
    Chapter 3 The Urban Poor and the Response of Megacities to Dealing with Climate Change Health Risks
    Chapter 4 Managing Climate Change and Health Risk in Megacities
    Chapter 5 GHG Emissions and Climate Change Risks

    Part 2: Risk Management and Its Relation to Climate Change
    Chapter 6 Management Strategy for Effecting Change within Megacities
    Chapter 7 Turning Theory into Reality: The Benefits of a Risk Management Approach
    Chapter 8 Building Resilience and Sustainable Development in the Face of Disasters and Climate Change
    Chapter 9 Resilient Communities through Environmental Planning and Design – Accounting for Future Scenarios and Regenerative Capacity
    Chapter 10 The Epoch of Smart Cities and Innovation

    Part 3: Global Health Risks, Facts and Challenges of Climate Change Implication
    Chapter 11 Global Health Risks, the Urban Poor and Climate Change Impacts
    Chapter 12 Climate Change Impacts on Health: Urban Poor and Air Pollution in European Context
    Chapter 13 National Security and Public Health Implications of Climate Change

    Part 4: Case Study: Researched Megacities
    Chapter 14 Overview of Megacities Used in Case Study
    Chapter 15 The City of New York
    Chapter 16 Rio de Janeiro
    Chapter 17 Beijing
    Chapter 18 Los Angeles
    Chapter 19 London
    Chapter 20 Mumbai
    Chapter 21 Lagos

    Part 5: Prognosis for Change
    Chapter 22 Risk Management, Strategy and Leadership

    Appendix Climate Action in Megacities


    Cesar Marolla is a Senior Sustainability Leader and consultant with vast experience working for global corporations and NGO’s. He has worked in sustainability, climate change, risk management, business marketing strategies in sustainability and corporate responsibility in Europe, South America, Middle East, and Northeast Africa and in the US. Mr. Marolla has assembled sustainability assessments and best practice for Fortune 500 corporations and participated in climate talks with the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) and international NGO’s such as the Global eSustainability Initiative dedicated to communicating how the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industries can address and provide solutions for environmental issues. He has interviewed, researched and collaborated with world-renown leaders from the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, Deutsche Telekom, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations, U.S. Department of Defense, Columbia University and Harvard University.

    Mr. Marolla is the recipient of the 2013 Harvard University Derek Bok Civic Prize Award that recognizes creative initiatives in community service and long-standing records of civic achievement. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense for his volunteerism supporting the US troops in the Middle East and Northeast Africa under the umbrella of the "Global War on Terror" (GWOT). Moreover, he received a ‘Military Coin’, which is given as a token of affiliation, support, patronage, respect, honor and gratitude, and presented by the Camp Victory Commander in Kuwait, Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence J. Smith. He has received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Columbia College and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. Cesar has also completed the Executive Education for Sustain

    "The literature is replete with information on the wide range of threats and opportunities facing the world’s largest cities. Cesar Marolla took the next step to examine how these findings affect the public health of the people residing in or visiting these cities. Mr. Marolla also determined how sustainability can be used to address the health of a large portion of the world’s population. If you are interested in the ‘people part’ of the triple bottom line, this book is a must read for you."
    —Robert B. Pojasek, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    "A body of research shows that forms of governance, social and environmental aspects, can influence a population's health. In developing countries, the rise of megacities occurred without of a suitable plan. Many of them have a high population density, a complex and insufficient system of infrastructure and environmental quality. Climate change can aggravate the health of population living in those megacities. Cesar Marolla presents in this book steps to help better manage and solve issues for those cities. Managers, researchers, and citizens that are interested in urban health will find interesting and scientific valuable information in this book."
    —Martha M.L. Barata, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    "Military planners model future threats to the nation and our economic partners to predict areas of potential military conflict. The Department of Defense has seriously evaluated the impacts that climate change will have on the stability of world governments and the ensuing armed conflicts over territory and resources. One of the underlying causes of today’s political unrest and violence is the change in available natural resources caused by climate change. There are no single climate change impacts to plan for. The interrelationship of increased temperature, rainfall, sea level, and large storms will result in regional declines to succes