A framework to diagnose barriers to climate change adaptation

2010-12-21 Nature Climate Change
Scientists have proposed a novel strategy to help policymakers identify and overcome obstacles to adaptation.

It is increasingly recognized that — even with early and rapid mitigation — society will need to adapt to climate impacts. Researchers have now developed a framework to help policymakers and scientists identify barriers that could delay adaptation.

In the first decade of the 21st century, adaptation to climate change has risen sharply as a topic of scientific inquiry, in local to international policy and planning, in the media, and in public awareness. Adaptation researchers have generally assumed lower vulnerability and greater adaptive capacity in developed countries than in developing countries and thus have focused more research in the latter. Yet climatic events in Europe, the United States, and Australia in recent years have also led to critical questioning of richer nations’ ability to adapt to climate change.

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