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Climate Change Adaptation

Adapt to the consequences of a changing climate and limit vulnerability.

This means preparing to live with the effects of climate change, some of which are underway or inevitable. Adaptation is both a technical and a political challenge. Technical adaptation means transforming our relationship with nature as nature transforms. Examples include:

  • building sea walls around vulnerable coastal cities;
  • giving land back to mangroves and salt marshes, so they can act to break tidal surges during storms;
  • opening wildlife migration corridors, so that species can move as the climate warms; and
  • developing more sustainable forms of agriculture that can function, even as weather patterns vary wildly.

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