Adapting to the greenhouse

Topic Selected: Climate Change

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The response – what can be done?

Climate change is a global issue and needs a global response – whether creating mitigation and adaptation strategies, providing funding for these strategies, or through additional policy assistance for people who are especially vulnerable to climate change.

Mitigation and adaptation

Mitigation needs international agreement and national enforcement; emissions from one country threaten everybody, and cutting them will take time. Adaptation, on the other hand, is immediate and local: people who are affected by climate change make the changes, pay the costs and feel the benefits.

A global response to climate change needs to include both mitigation and adaptation, and have input from many quarters. For example, researchers could work on enhancing existing adaptation techniques or finding new ways to adapt (other than drastic options such as migration); journalists could then inform people of the existing opt

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