Apr 09 2007

Adapt Versus Mitigate

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For Africa, a new approach to grappling with climate change, could mean more money and technical assistance, especially in the area of agriculture. With roughly half of Africa’s population chiefly engaged in farming, finding ways to maintain food output in the face of changing climates will be a super-important objective at all levels of African society for years to come. The new emphasis on “adaptation” to climate change is welcome, since efforts to “mitigate” the causes of global warming remain focused on longer-term remedies. Even if greenhouse=gas emissions were vastly reduced immediately, forces already unleashed virtually guarantee significant climate changes, especially in tropical regions, where poverty already grips hundreds of millions of people. In Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle, I briefly explore the challenge of adaptation and the uneven effects of climate change from the Andes to Africa.

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