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Limiting Future Climate Change: Mitigation

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Limiting Future Climate Change: Mitigation

The human response to global climate change and climate variability can be characterized in two ways: adaptation and mitigation. Adaptation involves developing ways to protect people and places by reducing their vulnerability to climate impacts. Examples of adaptation include building seawalls or relocating buildings to higher ground to protect communities against increased flooding due to storms. Mitigation involves attempts to slow the process of global climate change by lowering the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Examples include such mechanisms as planting trees that absorb carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the soil or in their trunks and roots.

In this section, we examine why it is useful to focus on mitigation as well as adaptation and on actions that individuals and households can take to reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

Adaptation is addressed in the section titled “Preparing for a Different Future: Adaptation

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. Why is Mitigation Important?
  2. What can individuals in the New York metropolitan region do to slow down climate change?
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