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Curbing global warming or adapting to it?

It pains me to hear that some people have given up on their efforts to curb global warming. They are now up to save humans once again by adapting to the changes brought about by our own doing.

Should we curb to save mother earth and moderate our way of living? Or adapt and focus more on the human race than mother earth?


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    Jun 18 2013: Why should we need to choose between curbing and adapting? It would be better to work on both ends of the problem. And maybe that's what people are doing, not just stopping to curb the problem, but switching to adapt to it.

    I do research (in the US by the way) on how agriculture can prepare for more extreme weather (like the drought we had last year. Extreme weather like droughts and heavy rain is believed to be one by-product of rising temperatures and a changing climate. Adapting to that is important for food security and stable markets not only in the US but worldwide, since the US are a major crop exporter.

    So I work on the adaptation side, and I'm totally happy with that. There is nothing I could do better than this. But if others are better at curbing I am the last person to stop them.

    Of course, curbing would be the moral choice. But let's face it: we're not going to stop China, India and Brazil from growing their economy, needing more energy, building more coal power plants and buying more and bigger cars. Neither are the US likely to invest big-scale in renewables if coal and oil are more economical. It is a painfully slow process to convince politics and the public that rising temperatures and all the consequences (shifting vegetation and disease patterns, changes in atmospheric circulation due to more warming around the poles etc.).

    All things aside, I think we can all try and do our little part, like saving energy, bicycling instead of using a car, buy electricity from renewable energy. I'm confident that this wil help at least to some degree.

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