Ma’s work is selected in the special issue of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation—ZEMCH 2016

The adverse effects of climate change are becoming more evident and global warming is now undeniable. The efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change have been progressing slowly and adaptation is now one of the major strategies which has been considered by both developed and developing countries. The challenging and ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 were a milestone in such efforts; however, despite the commitment of many countries, greenhouse gas emissions have not been decreasing sufficiently to slow down the global warming. Indeed, there are currently debates on whether reducing the emissions to 40 gigatons by 2030 and limiting the temperature rise to “1.5 ˚C above pre-industrial levels” are realistic and achievable. Nevertheless, reducing CO2 emissions from the construction industry would significantly contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. To this end, this special issue intends to explore the current design, planning and management strategies within the construction industry which could contribute to global efforts towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.


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