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Strategies for Adapting to the Greenhouse Effect

James G. Titus
Created: 8/29/1990 - Updated: 10/20/2017


Increasing concentrations of CO2 and other gases seem likely to warm the earth in the next century. The article examines opportunities to prepare for the consequences, focussing on options that are rational even if one is skeptical about global warming. Some responses can be postponed. But many low-cost opportunities will slip away if we fail to act; and reaching a consensus on what is fair is easier when the consequences seem remote. It concludes that some changes in land use and water allocation should be implemented today, even if effective dates are several decades in the future.

Published On

Thursday, August 30, 1990


Sector Addressed: 
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Sea level rise
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development