Climate-change adaptation

Climate-change adaptation encompasses a broad range of human policies and activities primarily intended to reduce the risks posed by climate change. It includes both realised and expected risks.

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    The current narrow focus on afforestation in climate policy runs the risk of compromising long-term carbon storage, human adaptation and efforts to preserve biodiversity. An emphasis on diverse, intact natural ecosystems — as opposed to fast-growing tree plantations — will help nations to deliver Paris Agreement goals and much more.

    • Nathalie Seddon
    • , Beth Turner
    • , Pam Berry
    • , Alexandre Chausson
    •  & Cécile A. J. Girardin
  • News and Views |

    Climate change adaptation encompasses a wide range of behaviours in response to a variety of short- and long-term risks. Now meta-analyses identify which motivational factors are consistent predictors of adaptation action, and which are more context-specific.

    • Andrea Louise Taylor
  • News and Views |

    Urban development induces local warming in addition to climate change. New research shows that urban growth, climate change and urban adaptation interact nonlinearly and diurnally.

    • Lei Zhao
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Indigenous reindeer herding in the circumpolar North is threatened by multiple drivers of environmental and social changes that affect the sustainability of traditional family-based nomadic use of pastures. These impacts are exacerbated by indigenous peoples’ lack of voice in governance strategies, management and adaptation responses.

    • Inger Marie Gaup Eira
    • , Anders Oskal
    • , Inger Hanssen-Bauer
    •  & Svein Disch Mathiesen
  • News and Views |

    If emissions continue at the present-day rate, about 22 years are left until global mean warming reaches the 1.5 °C Paris Agreement target, suggests a new metric based on the observed level and rate of anthropogenic warming.

    • Katarzyna B. Tokarska
    Nature Geoscience 11, 546-547
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Low-probability, high-consequence climate change events are likely to trigger management responses that are based on the demand for immediate action from those affected. However, these responses may be inefficient and even maladaptive in the long term.

    • Sarah E. Anderson
    • , Ryan R. Bart
    • , Maureen C. Kennedy
    • , Andrew J. MacDonald
    • , Max A. Moritz
    • , Andrew J. Plantinga
    • , Christina L. Tague
    •  & Matthew Wibbenmeyer