mitigation vs adaptation of climate change

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mitigation vs adaptation of climate change


  • avoid irreversible climate change immediately
  • carbon sinks easily achieved
  • cutting emissions acceptable
  • emission usage already falling in developed countries


  • takes longer
  • change worsens in the time it takes to agree
  • changes already happening
  • lag between mitigating and effectl
  • lag for carbon sinks to work
  • mitigating unrealistic


2006 Stern Review suggested a 7 degree rise in global temperatures could lead to a 10% fall in GDP so mitigation could easily prove cheaper in the long term than adaptation which will have to be done again and again. 


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