Can Climate Adaptation Respond to Sea Level Rise?


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For decades, the conversation on climate change focused on mitigation. But its counterpart, adaptation, is coming to the fore as people begin to feel the effects of climate change. One of the most significant adaptation challenges is sea-level rise, which threatens millions of people globally. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report writes that there is a “brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” Why It Matters investigates ways to deal with higher waters and other challenges ahead.

This episode was originally released by Why It Matters on March 17, 2022.

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Gabrielle Sierra
Podcast Host and Senior Producer

Episode Guests

Alice C. Hill
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment

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Klaus Jacob
Geophysicist and Emeritus Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Henk Ovink
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Netherlands

Gernot Wagner
Climate Economist, Columbia Business School

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