When in Doubt, Adapt

Bjorn Lomburg argues that cities should not despair over rising sea levels climate change. Instead, they should adapt.

Lomburg notes that places from Japan to the Netherlands around the world have combated dramatic rises in sea levels for centuries. Solutions need not be expensive, he says. Building dikes to keep water at bay and painting white roofs and planting street trees to cool our cities are "low-cost, high-impact" strategies.

Lomberg says long-term strategies are needed as well, but short-term adaptive measures will buy time to study the problem further.

He writes:

"Humankind is not completely at the mercy of nature. To the contrary, when it comes to dealing with the impact of climate change, we've compiled a pretty impressive track record. While this doesn't mean we can afford to ignore climate change, it provides a powerful reason not to panic about it either."

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Lomborg

It is Lomborg, not Lomburg or Lomberg (the two misspelling used above).

For an overview of Lomborg's credibility, see http://climateprogress.com/2007/09/17/debunking-bjorn-lomborg-cool-it-wa...

Charles Siegel

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