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Adaptive Management of Climate Change Risks

Digital Publication by Indur Goklany

Indur Goklany posits that despite claims that climate change is “the most important environmental problem of this century,” evidence shows there are other more immediate and pressing threats to human and environmental health. In examining threats such as habitat loss, malaria, and hunger, Goklany finds that climate change is less a catalyst for these problems than unrelated non-climate factors like poverty and poor governance. The author contends that through the twenty-first century, threats to human and environmental well-being are best addressed by the countries where economic growth and stronger governance structures can respond to immediate concerns without such a narrow focus on climate change.

Goklany recommends that governments adopt an adaptive management of climate change that responds to the immediate threats of malaria, habitat loss, and hunger, among other factors that may be exacerbated by climate change. He also proposes that governments create policies to empower trade, economic growth, and technology to reduce the dependence of emerging nations on old fossil fuel technologies. In his conclusion, Goklany underscores that he does not underestimate the force of climate change, but only suggests that more pressing concerns for human and environmental well-being exist – concerns that, in his view, must be addressed in the short-term for the world to have any hope of combatting climate change over the long term.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Indur Goklany;
Publisher: Fraser Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2007; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Climate Change
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Environmental Law & Regulation
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Management
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate
Policy Articles / Public Administration
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Climate Change / 2007
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy / 2007
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Environmental Law & Regulation / 2007
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Management / 2007


Keywords / Tags:

environment; climate change; human heath; malaria; global warming; energy policy; fossil fuels;