The Climate Change Challenge: Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Mitigation

P. Martens*, D. McEvoy, C. Chang

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    Climate change is emerging as one of the major challenges facing scientific and policy communities. The authors argue that its inherent complexity will ultimately require a much more integrated response scientifically to better understand multiple causes and impacts, as well as at the scientific policy interface where new forms of engagement between scientists, policy-makers, and wider stakeholder communities can make a valuable contribution to more informed climate policy and practice. While scientific research and policy debate is shifting from one of problem-framing to new agendas that are much more concerned with implementation, the improvement of assessment methodologies from a inter- and transdisciplinary perspective, and the reframing of current scientific understanding with regards mitigation, adaptation, and vulnerability, a critical element of responding to the climate change challenge will be to ensure the translation of these new scientific insights into innovative policy and practice 'on the ground'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14-18
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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