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Development Futures in the Context of Climate Change: Challenging the Present and Learning from the Past

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  • Nick Brooks
  • Natasha Grist
  • Katrina Brown
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    Climate change poses a challenge to the dominant development paradigm with its concepts of modernisation, economic growth and globalisation which treat the environment as an externality and largely ignore climate variability. This article explores the extent of the challenge, drawing on archaeological evidence showing that adaptation to severe climate change can involve much more radical changes in human societies than are currently envisaged. Furthermore, short-term adaptation can result in long-term maladaptation, increasing vulnerability to climate shocks. The article argues that development urgently needs to shift its focus away from prevailing growth and yield-maximisation models towards alternatives encouraging resilience and risk-spreading. Copyright (c) The Authors 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 741-765

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:6:p:741-765

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    1. Gasper, D.R. & Portocarrero, A.V. & Lera St. Clair, A., 2011. "Climate Change and Development Framings: A Comparative Analysis of the Human Development Report 2007/8 an the World Development Report 2010," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 528, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.

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