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Monday, April 21, 2008

Australia's 2020 Summit Overlooks Climate Adaptation

Australia's recent 2020 Summit, an effort to bring some of Australia's best and brightest to Canberra to explore new and ideas for Australia's future, appears to have overlooked the importance of adaptation as a national response to climate change.

The working group on Population, Sustainability, Climate change, Water and the Future of our Cities highlighted the importance of a sustainable Australia, which seemed largely dependent upon managing carbon in the economy and ensuring sustainable use of the nation's water resources. While climate adaptation is an integral part of sustainability, the fact that no specific mention was made of adaptation provides an indication that adaptation remains a novel concept for many.

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