When thinking of cities leading the way in climate change, the usual suspects tend to pop up; London, San Francisco, Berlin, New York, Portland, Chicago, Copenhagen, just to name a few. Quito, of Ecuador, might not immediately come to mind like its more famous brethren, but the mountain city is just as committed to dealing with the impact of climate change as any metropolis, according to this article.
Maybe it’s something in the air, or the lack of something in the air, that has enabled Quito's local government to take a long and hard look at climate change. Quito sits at 9,200 feet, and has a population over 2.5 million people, and can be visited on some of our trips to Ecuador.
For more than a decade officials in Ecuador’s capital have been studying how exactly global warming will affect nearby melting glaciers, a major source of water to Quito. The city is following a global trend in which cities most affected by climate change are doing more to prepare for it. A recent MIT study shows 95 percent of major cities in Latin America are preparing for climate change, compared to only 59 percent for cities in the United States.
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