Preparing for Climate Change (Boston Review Books)

Michael D. Mastrandrea

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Why we should prepare for climate change now by taking anticipatory action in vulnerable regions.

Global momentum is building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, so good. The less happy news is that Earth's temperatures will continue to rise for decades. And evidence shows that climbing temperatures are already having serious consequences for vulnerable people and regions through droughts, extreme weather, and melting glaciers. In this book, climate experts Michael Mastrandrea and Stephen Schneider argue that we need to start adapting to climate change, now. They write that these efforts should focus primarily on identifying the places and people most at risk and taking anticipatory action--from developing drought-resistant crops to building sea walls. The authors roundly reject the idea that reactive, unplanned adaptation will solve our problems--that species will migrate northward as climates warm, and farmers will shift to new crops and more hospitable locations. And they are highly critical of "geoengineering" schemes that are designed to cool the planet by such methods as injecting iron into oceans or exploding volcanoes. Mastrandrea and Schneider insist that smart adaptation will require a series of local and regional projects, many of them in the countries least able to pay for them and least responsible for the problem itself. Ensuring that we address the needs of these countries, while we work globally to reduce emissions over the long term, is our best chance to avert global disaster and to reduce the terrible, unfair burdens that are likely to accompany global warming.

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Michael D. Mastrandrea is Research Associate at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. Stephen H. Schneider, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Professor of Biology at Stanford University, was Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC's working group on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from 1997 to 2001, and, with his IPCC colleagues, was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in 2007. He is the author or editor of many books, including Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate and Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century (MIT Press, 2004).



Michael D. Mastrandrea is an Assistant Consulting Professor at theStanford University Woods Institute for the Environment. His work hasbeen published in Science Magazine and Proceedings of the NationalAcademy of Sciences, and he is co-author of chapters on keyvulnerabilities and climate risks and on long-term mitigation strategiesfor the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. He also serves on theEditorial Board for the journal Climatic Change and is co-editor of the book Climate Change Science and Policy.



Robert E. Hunter is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C.During 1993--1998, he was U.S. ambassador to NATO.

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