Imagining the unimaginable: synthesis of essays on abrupt and extreme climate change

Pim Martens*, Jeroen C. J. H. Aerts, Bas Amelung, Laurens M. Bouwer, Chiung Ting Chang, Maud Huynen, Ekko C. van Ierland, C. S. A. (Kris) van Koppen, Darryn McEvoy, Arthur P. J. Mol, Jan van Tatenhove

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Abstract

With a shutdown or slowdown of the oceanic thermohaline circulation, which acts as a conveyor belt that transports warmer waters northwards to the maritime regions of Western Europe, many parts of Europe could face abrupt decreases in temperature, with potentially serious social and economic consequences. What do we know about the potential impacts and society's vulnerability to them, how can we best prepare, and what is the cost of action likely to be? How well prepared are we for abrupt and extreme climate change? This paper reflects on five essays, each looking at the issue through a different lens: legal, institutional, sectoral, multi-sectoral, and economic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-355
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume2
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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