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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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  • Nick Brooks & Natasha Grist & Katrina Brown, 2009. "Development Futures in the Context of Climate Change: Challenging the Present and Learning from the Past," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 27(6), pages 741-765, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:6:p:741-765
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