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Adapting Agriculture To Climate Change

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  • pat neuman
    ... Given that our climate has already changed and that further change seems inevitable, it is important to take a pro-active stance to assess adaptation
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 6, 2007
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      "Given that our climate has already changed and that further change
      seems inevitable, it is important to take a pro-active stance to
      assess adaptation options, their benefits and costs, and how to alter
      policy and investment environments to facilitate their uptake," says
      lead author Dr Mark Howden of CSIRO.

      Climate adaptation analyses can reward early adopters of climate
      information, build the capacity for effective climate risk management,
      inform infrastructure investment decisions and help inform
      international discussions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as
      those happening in Bali this week.

      "Practical adaptations such as changing timing of plantings or the
      varieties or species of crops grown might avoid the damage caused by 1
      to 2 degree changes in temperature - those expected over the next few
      decades," he says.

      "However, their effectiveness declines with higher temperature
      increases. Consequently, the damages from climate change will increase
      unless a whole new array of adaptations are developed and used. These
      adaptations may need to include diversification of production systems
      and livelihoodsand would need supporting policies and programs in
      addition to soundly based research and development."
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      http://npat.newsvine.com/_news/2007/12/06/1146019-adapting-agriculture-to-climate-change
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