Debra C. Roberts


A local government practitioner-scientist with over 30 years experience in addressing and documenting urban climate change adaptation and biodiversity planning and management in Durban, South Africa. Currently Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality; Chief Resilience Officer; Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Journal article

27 Feb 2018

Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels requires staying...

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