Good Morning, America! The explosive U.S. awakening to the need for adaptation

Moser, Susanne C. (2009) Good Morning, America! The explosive U.S. awakening to the need for adaptation. Charleston, SC, NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center,

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Abstract

Since the early years of the 21st century, and in particular since 2007, the U.S. has been awakening rapidly to the fact that climate change is underway and that even if stringent efforts are undertaken to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to the unavoidable impacts from the existing commitment to climate change is still needed and needs to be begun now. This report provides an historical overview of the public, political, and scientific concern with adaptation in the United States. It begins by briefly distinguishing ongoing, historical adaptation to environmental circumstances from deliberate adaptation to human‐induced climate change. It then describes the shift from the early concerns with climate change and adaptation to the more recent awakening to the need for a comprehensive approach to managing the risks from climate change. Ranging from the treatment of the topic in the news media to the drafting of bills in Congress, to state and local government activities with considerable engagement of NGOs, scientists and consultants, it is apparent that adaptation has finally, and explosively, emerged on the political agenda as a legitimate and needed subject for debate. At the same time, the current policy rush is not underlain by widespread public engagement and mobilization nor does it rest on a solid research foundation. Funding for vulnerability and adaptation research, establishing adequate decision support institutions, as well as the building of the necessary capacity in science, the consulting world, and in government agencies, lags far behind the need. (PDF contains 42 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Good Morning, America! The explosive U.S. awakening to the need for adaptation
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Moser, Susanne C.
Date: 2009
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center
Place of Publication: Charleston, SC
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Environment
Item ID: 3010
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 08:14
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:03
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3010

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