Climate change adaptation may be necessary, conference hears
Ottawa symposium hears call for “proactive adaptation” to climate impacts from politicians, scientists.
OTTAWA—Adapting to a changing climate used to be considered a “cop-out” or admission of defeat for policy-makers and advocates when it came to addressing carbon emissions.
But the twin goals of stopping climate change before its most devastating impacts are fully felt and adapting to the changes already underway must now be considered together, a former White House climate adviser told an Ottawa adaptation conference Tuesday.
Adaptation Canada 2016 is a three-day national symposium that’s examining everything from energy sector risks and opportunities to municipal infrastructure, forest management, shoreline erosion, public health and biodiversity.