New UN Report on Extreme Events and Disasters Re Climate Change Adaptation

It’s not easy to find but here is the shorter “policy maker’s” version ( 20 pages) of Managing The Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  Issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, March 28.{Note: the full report is 594 pp!.]

This is a sophisticated report and warrants a close reading.  See especially page 18, which discusses Implications for Sustainable Development.  Comments are invited.

The Diva knows 3 of the authors: Susan Cutter (USA), Thomas Wilbanks (USA) and Ian Burton ( Canada).

Here is an analysis of the report from the March 28 Washington Post.  Another account in Businessweek magazine, march 29. See also some additional papers produced by the UN University; added on March 30.

1 thought on “New UN Report on Extreme Events and Disasters Re Climate Change Adaptation

  1. I’m sorry – this report is pretentiously silly! Adapting to climate change is almost the least important reason I can think of to manage the risks of extreme events. The impacts of climate change will be local, and are as yet not defined (and, as we have seen with the recent warm winters and the reduction in cases of influenza, perhaps actually positive). We have models – that are unvalidated and unable to predict the near future accurately – giving us hypothetical worst cases for hypothetical futures that are almost certainly unrealistic. Do we really need to invoke the climate change shibboleth in order to get us to do what we should be doing anyway – managing our risks? Aren’t our lives, our fortunes and our futures far more important drivers?

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