The Earthscan Reader on Adaptation to Climate Change
Stockholm Environment Institute
Meteorological Service of Canada
480 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Earthscan from Routledge
Climate change is now upon us. While mitigation is essential to reduce the future severity of climate change, it will take time and some effects will inevitably continue for centuries. Consequently, more attention is now being directed to adaptation as a means of reducing losses. As the importance of adaptation becomes more apparent, there is need for wider appreciation and understanding of the concept and its potential, as well as the obstacles to its effective deployment.
This reader, the first of its kind, gathers some of the most significant writings on adaptation to climate change from the past two decades. Following an introduction tracing the evolution of adaptation from a biological concept into a policy objective, the book is divided into five parts:
Adaptation, Vulnerability and Resilience
Adaptation and Disaster Risk
Adaptation and Development
Adaptation and Climate Change Policy
An ideal collection for students, policymakers, researchers, activists and NGOs and all people who need a solid grounding in all aspects of climate change adaptation.
"A highly recommended must-read for anybody seeking a sound understanding of the science, concepts, practice and policy pertaining to adaptation."
Hassan Virji, Director, The International START Secretariat
Lisa Schipper is a Research Fellow with Stockholm Environment Institute. Her work addresses socio-cultural aspects of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.
Ian Burton is a Scientist Emeritus at the Meteorological Service of Canada and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as a Lead Author of IPCC Assessments and as a consultant on adaptation to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the World Bank, UNDP, and DFID.