New study finds options for climate change policy are well characterized

Policy options for climate change risk management are straightforward and have well understood strengths and weaknesses, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program.

"Large gaps remain in society's consideration of ," said Paul Higgins, the author of the study. "This study can help in the development of a comprehensive strategy for climate change risk management because it explores a much larger set of ."

The study identifies four categories of climate change risk management: 1) mitigation – efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; 2) adaptation – increasing society's capacity to cope with changes in climate; 3) geoengineering or – additional, deliberate manipulation of the earth system that is intended to counteract at least some of the impacts of ; and 4) knowledge-base expansion – efforts to learn and understand more about the climate system, which can help support proactive risk management.

"As a policy challenge, climate change boils down to four issues," according to Higgins. "Climate is changing; people are causing climate to change; the societal consequences of climate change are highly uncertain but include the potential for serious impacts; but there is a wide range of responses that can meaningfully help reduce the risks of climate change."

The full report is available at the American Meteorological Society Policy Program web site at http://www.ametsoc.org/studies.


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Oct 25, 2014
We know what we have to do, we just have to get the Deniers out of the way of progress. They have been politically-used, emotionally-manipulated, taken, suckered, like they were with "WMD!" and "Mushroom clouds!" and "Bring 'em on!".

Pathetic.

Oct 27, 2014
Hey gkam, go eat some switchgrass and stop braying like a hungry....

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