As of February 1, 2013, our first annual poll of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology has received 457 votes from 28 different countries! Over the next 11 months, we will feature the issues in order of their vote totals. Adaptation to climate change leads the poll with over 20% of the votes. 
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Adaptation to climate change

Climate change

The differential susceptibility of peoples around the world to climate change warrants an ethical discussion. We need to identify effective and safe ways to help people deal with the effects of climate change, as well as learn to manage and manipulate wild species and nature in order to preserve biodiversity. Some of these adaptation strategies might be highly technical (e.g. building sea walls to stem off sea level rise), but others are social and cultural (e.g., changing agricultural practices).

It will likely be too expensive to adapt to climate change everywhere, protecting all peoples and creatures, but figuring out where, how, and when to implement adaptation strategies is a major challenge for natural and social scientists. Grappling with what climate change and climate change adaptation means for humanity and our role in nature is a major challenge for humanists. 

In April, the University of Notre Dame hosted a conference called Climate Change and the Common Good: Security, Sustainability, Policy. The multidisciplinary conference explored the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity and brought together scientists, ethicists, policyexperts, theologians, and national security experts. Videos from the conference are now online. Click below for more details: 

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In order to help readers understand the nature of climate change as well as various adaptation strategies, we have compiled the resources below: 

Notre Dame Resources: 
Government Websites:
Books:

Click here for reading suggestions from Catholic Climate Covenant

Clicking on the book titles below will take you to the Amazon.com page for those books.

Social Media: 

Twitter: 

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Blogs:
Resources for kids:

Blue Marble (via NASA)

 

To suggest another resource for our list, contact Jessica Baron at baron.17@nd.edu

 

Jessica Hellmann

Reilly Fellow and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Jessica Hellmann, Photo by Matt Cashore

"Pretty soon we won’t be arguing whether it’s happening. But we’ll likely be arguing who is responsible for how much and what is the right path forward. I think it’s much more reasonable to have substantive disagreements about what to do about climate change, rather than arguing about if it exists or not.”

(Source: "Having coffee with Jessica Hellmann: Beyond climate change," Notre Dame Magazine)

See more from Jessica Hellman: 

- Blog Adapting Nature to Climate Change

- Twitter @JessicaHellmann

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Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct

Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault
Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Photos taken from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research benchmark site in Hoima Uganda

Photos taken from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research benchmark site in Hoima Uganda. To get more updates from our research activities, visit the CCAFS East Africa regional sub-page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change Adaptation

Heat waves, floods to increase in the future, says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.