Mitigating the future consequences of global warming is an important aspect of our current response to climate change.
As the reality of climate change truly begins to seep into the global consciousness we “suddenly” find ourselves in a world of changing weather patterns, a rapidly melting Arctic ice cap, rising seas, stressed ecosystems, and endangered species.
With leading climate scientist Tim Flannery’s recent statement that we’ve already passed a critical threshold of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere it becomes clear that “future consequences” are now at our doorstep. Global warming is real and it is here.
While mitigation is still vital, the focus must also turn to effective strategies for adaptation to an altered and rapidly changing world.
Adaptation is the Challenge for City, State, and Regional Planners
The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment has just announced the release of A Survey of Climate Change Adaptation Planning.
The report explores available adaptation resources and summarizes ongoing efforts to deal with the environmental and economic challenges of climate change. Eight existing adaptation plans and 18 adaptation planning efforts with a wide variety of impact areas are reviewed.
The full text of the survey is available at the Heinz center website.
Established in 1995 in memory of Senator John Heinz, the nonprofit, nonpartisan center is dedicated to “improving the scientific and economic basis for environmental planning and to developing innovative solutions to environmental problems.”
Something we sorely need right now.