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How fast will we need to adapt to climate change?

(Carnegie Institution for Science) Using sea-level rise as a case study, researchers at Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology have developed a quantitative model that considers different rates of sea-level rise, with economic factors, and shows how consideration of rates of change affect optimal adaptation strategies. If the sea level will rise slowly, it could make sense to build near the shoreline, but if the sea level rises quickly, then a buffer zone along the shoreline might make more sense.
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