Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance




Author: Irene Lorenzoni, Karen L. O'Brien, W. Neil Adger
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2009
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 532
Isbn10 Code: 0521764858
Isbn13 Code: 9780521764858


Review "This book is a major contribution to a subject that has hitherto been far too little studied and commented on. 'Adaptation' to climate change sounds a simple idea, but turns out to be a complex and problematic one. Everyone involved in the debate about how to cope with global warming will profit by studying the diverse contributions this volume contains." Lord Tony Giddens, London School of Economics and Political Science and author of The Politics of Climate Change "A fascinating collection of papers addressing adaptation to climate change in all its complexity, ranging geographicaly from the Inuit of Arctic Canada to the African Sahel via the inhabitants of Boscastle in Cornwall. On the way, it explores from the perspectives of many different writers the factors that enable and encourage communities to adapt, and the factors that hold them back. The book has a richness and depth of thinking that makes it required reading for all who seek to understand why some communities live in harmony with their climatic environment whilst others fail, and what this means for the future of society as a whole as it seeks to come to terms with climate change." Jean Palutikof, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University "The book is not one of cheering examples of successful adaptation efforts, or of prescriptions of future adaptation measures. If there are prescriptions indicated they are more concerned with the underlying social and political factors which will need to be part of effective adaptation. It's not a simple matter of applying the right technology or the correctly chosen course of action to achieve the necessary changes. That will be part of the picture, of course, but it is people and communities of people who have to adapt, and try to hold on to what they value as human beings and cultural groupings as they do so. The social sciences come into play and this book gives an indication of the wide front on which social researchers are operating and what their understandings have to offer. It's an impressive array. The papers are specialised and directed mainly at researchers, policy makers and practitioners. However they are not inaccessible to the general reader prepared to pause and dwell on their substance and consider the implications for the massive social undertakings of adaptation." Hot Topic Book Description This book presents top research on the critical issue of whether the world can adapt to climate change. Examining how humans and ecosystems respond to new and unpredictable climates, and the role played by culture and governance in this, it is essential reading for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and graduates.

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