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Title: Adaptation to global warming
Description/subject: "Adaptation to global warming and climate change is a response to climate change that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of biological systems to climate change effects. Even if emissions are stabilized relatively soon, climate change and its effects will last many years, and adaptation will be necessary. Climate change adaptation is especially important in developing countries since those countries are predicted to bear the brunt of the effects of climate change. That is, the capacity and potential for humans to adapt (called adaptive capacity) is unevenly distributed across different regions and populations, and developing countries generally have less capacity to adapt (Schneider et al., 2007). Adaptive capacity is closely linked to social and economic development (IPCC, 2007). The economic costs of adaptation to climate change are likely to cost billions of dollars annually for the next several decades, though the amount of money needed is unknown. Adaptation will be more difficult for larger magnitudes and higher rates of climate change. A physiological limit to adaptation is that humans cannot survive wet-bulb temperatures of above 35 degrees Celsius. This limit will be exceeded in several densely populated areas such as Eastern USA, India and the Middle East as warming reaches 7 degrees C. Other animals will have other physiological limits..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 August 2012


Title: Climate Change and Adaption/Mitigation (MYLAFF folder)
Description/subject: To access some files, users may have to take out a (free) subscription to MYLAFF at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mylaff
Language: English
Source/publisher: MYLAFF
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mylaff
Date of entry/update: 08 June 2016


Individual Documents

Title: Mangroves as protection from storm surges in a changing climate (English)
Date of publication: 14 March 2016
Description/subject: Abstract: "Adaptation to climate change includes addressing sea level rise and increased storm surges in many coastal areas. Mangroves can substantially reduce the vulnerability of the adjacent coastal land from inundation and erosion. However, climate change poses a large threat to mangroves. This paper quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves for 42 developing countries in the current climate, and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea level rise and 10 percent intensification of storms. The benefits of the coastal protection provided by mangroves are measured in terms of population and gross domestic product at a reduced risk from inundation; the loss of benefits under climate change is measured as the increased population and gross domestic product at risk. The findings demonstrate that although sea level rise and increased storm intensity would increase storm surge areas and the amounts of built resources at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves. Under current climate and mangrove coverage, 3.5 million people and roughly $400 million in gross domestic product of are at risk. In the future climate change scenario, the vulnerable population and gross domestic product at risk would increase by 103 and 233 percent, respectively. The greatest risk is in East Asia, especially in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar"
Author/creator: Author Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Lange, Glenn-Marie;
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Bank
Format/size: pdf (849K)
Alternate URLs: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2016/03/26067772/mangroves-protection-storm-surges-changi...
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2016