Scientists predict that some climate change is already inevitable, even if greenhouse emissions are stabilised. Adaptation strategies will be of comparable importance to reducing emissions. However, the specific effects of climate change are currently unknowable, especially at the local level. Given this uncertainty, deterministic adaptation strategies are inappropriate. Rather than building ï¿½worst-case scenarioï¿½ sea walls, for example, strong foundations can be laid ï¿½ so that walls can be built (or not built) in future to match actual climatic conditions without incurring unnecessary upfront expense. Other examples of such ï¿½real optionsï¿½ are provided to illustrate the feasibility of the approach.
|Journal||Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|