Inside Climate News: Benefits of Investing in Climate Adaptation Far Outweigh Costs, Commission Says

Report calls for massive boost in investment to avoid ‘climate apartheid,’ in which wealthy people can pay to protect themselves, but the rest of the world suffers.

Images of devastating storm damage and droughts around the world this year have been drawing attention to the risks of global warming, particularly to the world’s poorest people. Cutting emissions is critical to minimizing those risks, but a new report argues that the world needs to devote an equally urgent effort to adapting to the changes that are sure to come.

The report, released Tuesday by the Global Commission on Adaptation, argues that a drastic increase in investing in adaptation measures, such as early warning systems and resilient infrastructure, would not only avoid tremendous human suffering and economic losses, it would bring benefits that would outweigh the costs nearly four-to-one.

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