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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