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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change

The Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change (an initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests) has just released its report Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment Report.

From the Executive Summary:

"Greenhouse gas emissions are the main anthropogenic cause of current climate change. The magnitude of future change will be affected by the extent to which these emissions are reduced. Regardless of climate change mitigation activities implemented today or in the near future, however, historical emissions and inertia in the climate system mean that further climate changes are inevitable. Some effects of climate change are already noticeable and there is a need and opportunity to be better prepared for future change. Individuals, societies and institutions should be aware of the impacts that climate change is likely to have and should have strategies in place to adapt to them."

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