Climate change has already caused a variety of real-world impacts. Over time, with proper policy responses, some of these can be reversed, and some can be mitigated. But one important area for research and policymaking focuses on how we adapt to the various effects of climate change, even while working to undo or mitigate the causes and larger effects of climate change itself.
In March 2012, CPR cosponsored a conference at the University of North Carolina at which an interdisciplinary group of academics, non-profit and business representatives, and government officials gathered to discuss how the government could facilitate adaptation efforts in the private sector. The gathering was intended as the beginning of a longer and long-term discussion about how the government can encourage, facilitate, and even demand adaptive actions from the different parts of the private sector and how the government can shape the private sector response in a positive manner. CPR Member Scholar Victor Flatt and Policy Analyst Yee Huang prepared a summary of the ideas discussed, published in July 2012. Read an introductory blog post on the paper by Huang.