August 23, 2021

Plan for Climate Change's Worst Impacts While Working to Prevent Them

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report made it clear that climate mitigation and resilience measures will both be necessary to stave off the worst of the impending climate perils.

While the focus of the last three decades has largely been on mitigation measures, Nicholas Institute senior fellow Elizabeth Losos writes for The Hill that we no longer have that luxury. Global spending falls far short of what is needed to reach a best-case climate scenario, and extreme weather events that have plagued the world this year are just a taste of what is to come. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the world must adapt to and build resilience against climate threats to save lives, safeguard homes, protect livelihoods, and maintain ecosystems, Losos writes.