‘Pro-active’ climate adaptation needed, Ottawa conference hears


‘Pro-active’ climate adaptation needed, Ottawa conference hears

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 under way must now be considered together, a former White House climate adviser told an Ottawa adaptation conference on 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.

“We are swimming in challenges and really looking for opportunities,” Kathy Jacobs, a scientist who advised U.S. President Barack Obama’s White House science and technology policy from 2010 to 2014, said in a keynote address to open the conference.

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