24, 25 and 26 october, 2007
Palais des Congrés of Montréal - Canada
►Parallel session 3
A. NUCLEAR ENERGY
Climate change is leading to renewed interest in nuclear energy, a proven source of zero-carbon electricity. While some countries plan major increases in nuclear power, others remain strongly opposed. Nuclear power’s contribution to meeting future energy needs and addressing climate change will depend on critical issues including cost, safety, waste disposal, and the risk of nuclear proliferation.
B. URBAN PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION
With rapid urbanization, integrated planning and innovative “smart growth” strategies can help ease traffic congestion, reduce air and water pollution, and make cities more livable and sustainable. At the same time, these local efforts can make a strong contribution to meeting the global challenge of climate change.
With the early impacts of climate change already being felt, adaptation is a pressing challenge for all nations. Drought, flooding, extreme weather and other climate impacts are projected to fall most heavily on those countries least responsible for climate change and least able to cope. An equitable climate solution must include stronger international support for adaptation in poor and vulnerable countries.