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Preparing for a Different Future: Adaptation

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Limiting Future Climate Change: Mitigation


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Preparing for a Different Future: Adaptation

Responses to global climate change can be grouped into two broad categories: Adaptation and Mitigation. Adaptation involves developing ways to help people and places be less vulnerable to climate impacts. Examples include building seawalls to protect against enhanced storm flooding and relocating structures to higher ground. Mitigation involves slowing the process of global climate change by lowering the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, through such mechanisms as reducing greenhouse gas emissions from office buildings, lowering energy demand, and planting trees that absorb carbon dioxide from the air and store it in their trunks, roots, and soil.

In this section we examine what people currently are doing or could do in the future to adapt to climate change. Information on what public institutions within and outside the region are doing to prepare for a changing climate is presented. We also describe what private companies in the Region are doing to prepare for climate change. How individuals in the Region can respond and adapt to climate change impacts is discussed. Where possible, the costs of adapting to global climate change are presented as well.

Mitigation is addressed in the section titled “Limiting Future Climate Change: Mitigation

All of the Issue Briefs are also available as printable 'factsheets'; feel free to download and print them as needed using the button in the upper right corner of each page.

  1. What are public agencies in the region doing to develop adaptations to a changing climate?
  2. What is being done in other major urban areas to adapt to climate change?
  3. What role can the private sector play in adapting to climate change?
  4. What can individuals in the region do in response to climate change?
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