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Interdisciplinary Seminars - How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? - Jan 2008

Seminar 1 - How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? - Jan 2008

Rajendra K. Pachauri describes the kinds of adaptations humanity must make to the changes already underway, including protection from flooding; preventing water scarcity; and retooling agriculture. Developed nations have a head start in these, and must help out developing nations, or risk global conflicts. Yet adaptation alone “cannot cope with all the projected impacts of climate change,” says Pachauri, so greenhouse gas mitigation efforts are urgent. In the midst of this desperate panorama, Pachauri holds out some hope: "Anyone who says, what’s the point, why take action - if we start today, we can really make a difference in the next two to three decades."

Rajendra Pachauri is the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC and Al Gore are the joint winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

Rajendra K. Pachauri
How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century?
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT World)
http://mitworld.mit.edu
Date accessed: 2009-02-25
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