Green solutions for urban climate crisis

Glasgow’s most deprived areas need more trees and green spaces if their residents are to be protected from the ravages of climate change.

Research revealed that Glasgow’s major climate-change risks are flooding and overheating and that, by 2050, the city will be experiencing temperatures similar to those in London today.

Green infrastructure – trees, greens, parks and meadows – could mitigate those risks by reducing flooding and providing cooling during hotter months.

Without an equal spread of green infrastructure, however, the research showed the negative effects of climate change would disproportionately impact the most vulnerable, especially people living in deprived areas of Glasgow – with the north-east of the city being worst hit.

The research was undertaken by PhD student Makanjuola Majekodunmi and co-supervised by Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, Director of the Beam Centre, and Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice.

Our work showed city planners the potential benefits of green spaces and the areas where these benefits are most needed. If you increase tree cover by 20%, you could eliminate a third to half of the expected urban heat increase by 2050.

Professor Rohinton Emmanuel
Director of the Beam Centre