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Adaptation to climate change in the developing world
 

Summary: Adaptation to climate change in the
developing world
W. Neil Adger,a,b,* Saleemul Huq,c Katrina
Brown,a,d Declan Conwaya,d and Mike Hulmea,e
aTyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK
bCSERGE, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
cInternational Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
dSchool of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
eSchool of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
Abstract: The world's climate is changing and will continue to change into the coming century
at rates projected to be unprecedented in recent human history. The risks associated with these
changes are real but highly uncertain. Societal vulnerability to the risks associated with climate
change may exacerbate ongoing social and economic challenges, particularly for those parts of
societies dependent on resources that are sensitive to changes in climate. Risks are apparent in
agriculture, fisheries and many other components that constitute the livelihood of rural
populations in developing countries. In this paper we explore the nature of risk and vulnerabil-
ity in the context of climate change and review the evidence on present-day adaptation in
developing countries and on coordinated international action on future adaptation. We argue
that all societies are fundamentally adaptive and there are many situations in the past where
societies have adapted to changes in climate and to similar risks. But some sectors are more

  

Source: Adger, Neil - School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology