Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia
Chapter 5: Adaptation: reducing risk, gaining opportunity By Dr Mark Stafford Smith and Dr Andrew Ash
Successful adaptation will depend on developing the knowledge and skills base in the industries and communities most affected, as well as enhancing the adaptive capacity of government agencies to provide the best policy context for adaptation.
The less we reduce emissions, the more we will have to adapt; for warming greater than 2 ºC, many Australian sectors will be very vulnerable.
The most sensitive sectors in Australia, which will require most early adaptation, are: water, the natural environments, cities and infrastructure, the coastal zone, and agriculture.
Adapting in these areas presents significant challenges, but can also create great opportunities; early action will maximise our ability to capture these opportunities.
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