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Tokyo’s Growing Urbanization and Climate Change

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February 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – January 27th, 2013

The grey expanse in this image is the city of Tokyo, stretching inland from Tokyo Bay and the shoreline of Honshu Island, Japan. Because of growing urbanization, Tokyo has experienced an increase in temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. As temperatures continue to increase and night temperatures stay warmer than average, the demand for energy will be greater, increasing the burden on existing energy infrastructure. Such stresses during peak hours can lead to system failures and service disruptions. When these events take place, vulnerable populations, such as the 22.1% of Tokyo’s population that is over the age of 65 (OCED, 2010), are placed at greater risk for health problems, including heatstroke (click here for more information).

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