Living with Global Warming
"Climate change is mainly projected to add to existing problems, rather than create new ones. Of particular significance are four categories of hazards to human health and safety which have frequently been cited as major reasons for controlling greenhouse gas emissions: malaria, hunger, water shortage and coastal flooding. ... To this list, one must add potential threats to biodiversity such as loss of wildlife habitat. This paper examines whether these problems can be ameliorated more efficiently by: (a) mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through either the Kyoto Protocol or efforts to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of CO2; or (b) adaptation, through efforts to reduce the vulnerability of societies to climate-sensitive hazards — whether those hazards are caused by climate change or other factors."
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