The case for adaptation funding

Adaptation is still mitigation's poor cousin, in political and economic terms. However, efforts to better define adaptation — and the areas that would benefit most from climate aid — may help in achieving parity, finds Sonja van Renssen.

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Figure 1: Vulnerability in Africa.


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van Renssen, S. The case for adaptation funding. Nature Clim Change 1, 19–20 (2011).

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