Adapting to Climate Change

At this point, it’s a grim reality that, no matter what we do, we won’t be able to totally avoid the effects of global warming–in fact, we’re already seeing some of them. Which is why the government of the Netherlands, a country that’s practically all coastline, is developing a strategy to deal with rising tides.

Really, this is the kind of thing that I would hope any non-landlocked country would start working on ASAP. Given the severity of the crisis, it would be absolutely unconscionable not to prepare for the worst.

Of course, the Netherlands is an industrialized Western European state, so they have the resources to implement the kinds of safeguards the article discusses. They same can’t be said for, to pick one example, the Maldives. Given that there are a fair number of small island nations facing obliteration due to climate change, it would be nice if the wealthiest industrialized nations–i.e., the ones that contribute to the problem the most in the first place–could provide assistance. Maybe something like that could be arranged at Copenhagen, but I’m not holding my breath.

5 Responses

  1. Just want to know what you and others think can be done about places that are centimeters above sea level.
    If they are not preparing to relocate then they very well may get their feet wet.

    As for the human race in general, we are an adaptive species. We will adapt survive and thrive.

    All of Europe was a rubble heap after WWII. they adapted, survived and have thrived as will the rest of the word in the unlikely event global climate changes go against us.

    • Just want to know what you and others think can be done about places that are centimeters above sea level.

      Well, for starters, there’s this excerpt from the article:

      As sea levels swell and storms intensify, the Dutch are spending billions of euros on “floating communities” that can rise with surging flood waters, on cavernous garages that double as urban floodplains and on re-engineering parts of a coastline as long as North Carolina’s.

      But for areas where even that’s infeasible, I think the world’s biggest polluters (like us, for example) have a moral obligation to assist with relocation as a last resort.

  2. I completely agree. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced we’re doing anything yet to reduce our destructive activities or even save our own asses, so I assume we’ll stick by our tried-and-true foreign aid measure: “What’s in it for us?”

    P.S. After reading several political arguments on facebook, and the “sources” cited therein, your blog is such a refreshing breath of intelligence.

  3. I guess that snow in south louisiana 2 years in a row is the results of global warming? Last time that happened was 1974. Facts are out, the earth is cooling, and some of you need to prove me wrong, not name call, that is if you even have the guts to not delete this comment.

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