Adaptation will be needed along with mitigation. Because impacts are already being observed and because the ocean takes a long time to heat up, mitigation - although crucial - will not be enough. Adaptation unfortunately will not be a simple matter. The human race is no longer composed of small groups of hunter-gatherers, but billions of people generally living in highly arranged societies with limited mobility. The worse the impacts of global warming, the more difficult adaptation will be.
We should start planning for adaptation now, along with mitigation to try to lessen the impact of global warming. Adaptation should not be used as an excuse not to mitigate global warming.
The most complete compendium of research on adaptation is the 2007 IPCC Report, Vol. II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), content outline is BELOW.
IPCC Report Vol. II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson, Eds.
US Senate Climate/Energy Legislation Update
Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act bill released today 12 May 2010; Ref: HERE.
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Quick one-liner rebuttals to contrarian claimsLast Updated on 2013-12-06 22:12:09
Here is a list of quick one-line rebuttals to over 100 fallacious claims by contrarians/skeptics on the popular Skeptical Science website. They rebuttals are not intended to be complete, but simply to enable the respondent to "bat the ball back over the net" in an informal encounter with someone quoting a contrarian claim. As described HERE, most of these one-liners were written by Dr. Jan Dash, Director of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative, with some editing by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science. Details on the science at Skeptical Science are obtained by clicking on the one-line responses.
In THIS document of some historical interest (online HERE), the first line in a response labeled JWD is the one-liner summarizing the science by Jan Dash. The next lines labeled JC are the summary responses by John Cook, which he... More »
Millennium Development Goals and Climate Change ActionLast Updated on 2013-09-21 08:41:43
The Millennium Development Goals MDGs
The MDGs are eight development goals against poverty that all 192 UN Member States have agreed to achieve by 2015. Achievement of the MDGs and mitigation of climate change are intertwined, as discussed in this article. The graph on the right shows the huge number of people living on less than $1.25 per day (1.4 billion people in 2005).
The Eight MDG Goals
MDGs and Climate Change
Progress in the MDGs
Post-2015 Development Agenda
The UN MDG Conference in 2010
Reference documents for MDGs
History - the Millennium UN Declaration (2000)
Video on the MDG by Gillian Sorensen
Here are the eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs
Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower... More »
Rio + 20 Conference - Reports and DocumentsLast Updated on 2012-01-28 00:00:00
Reports from Rio 2012
For general information on the Rio + 20 Conference with links click HERE. Photo: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
Summary of Rio 2012 (iisd)
Summary of Rio 2012 (iisd)
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Report by Kim Lovell, Sierra Club
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Zero-Draft Rio Document
The "Zero Draft" document was the preliminary Rio Document; it contains climate change information on p14:
88. We reaffirm that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and express our deep concern that developing countries are particularly vulnerable to and are experiencing increased negative impacts from climate change, which is severely undermining food security and efforts to eradicate poverty, and also threatens... More »
2011 Climate B.S. of the Year AwardsLast Updated on 2012-01-05 00:00:00
The Climate B.S. (Bad Science) 2011 Awards by deniers / contrarians / faux-skeptics have been announced!
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