Erin Coughlan de Perez co-authors global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change
In November 2021, Nature Climate Change Journal published an article that groundbreaking collaboration with more than 100 people, to answer the question globally: Are humans adapting to climate change? Lea Berrang-Ford authored the article, “A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change,” with prolific climate scientists including Erin Coughlan de Perez.
Key findings include:
- Adaptation tends to be local, lead by individual actions. These actions are incremental, and are not usually transforming systems.
- People have invested in different types of adaptation options depending on their context. Europe has invested heavily in infrastructure and technology, whereas behavioral and cultural adaptations dominate elsewhere, especially in Africa, Asia, and small islands.
- There is very little evidence available about what is working, and whether these adaptations actually reduce risk.
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