Title

Climate Change as Environmental Mega-Crisis: Domesticated Problems, Patchwork Solutions, Inadequate Incentives

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Magazine National Safety & Security and Crisis Management

Publication Date

10-2009

Publisher

Directorate for National Safety and Security of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in The Netherlands

Issue

Special Issue

First Page

32

Last Page

33

Abstract

Climate change threatens a cascade of mini-crises across a wide range of ecological and human sites and situations. Scientists predict the frequency of extreme events like floods, droughts, tropical storms, tornados, sea level rise, epidemics and other dangers to humans and ecology are increasing. While the press and many scientists spend their time and energy debating the level of certainty of mainstream climate change predictions, and most public attention is focused on abating and mitigating rather than adapting to climate impacts, societies are not doing nearly enough to reduce their vulnerability to the hydra headed monster threatening to transform the earth.

Comments

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