Climate change is advancing and urban planners worldwide are faced with the challenge of preparing people's living space for extreme weather events such as heavy rain or heat waves. Staff from the Ministry of Spatial Planning and the City of Luxembourg explain what measures are planned in Luxembourg.
Researchers from the USA have calculated in a study published in 2022 that days with dangerous heat (from 39.4 degrees Celsius) in our latitudes will double by 2050 and even triple to ten times by 2100, compared to the years 1979 to 1998. The probability of heavy rain events and floods has already increased between 1.2 and 9 times in Western and Central Europe, according to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report.
Urban planners worldwide are faced with the challenge of preparing people's living space for such events. The Luxembourgish government has been aware of this for some time. But what exactly should our country's infrastructures look like in the future in order to hold up? Answers to this question are to be provided, among other things, by the master programme for regional planning (PDAT 2023), which was launched last autumn and replaces the programme of 2003.
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