While the UN is clear in its thoughts that all humanity should simply drop tools now and band together to fight the climate, there was at least some semblance of practical thinking in its main press release in a final, almost tacked on section titled “Climate adaptation critical”. What isn’t clear is how many people the section will influence given the orgy of anti-development rhetoric in the first 90% of the article linked to below…
It is also interesting to see the admission that we have severe gaps in weather and hydrological observing networks around the world – just not severe enough for any tempering of doomsday pronouncements based on clearly incomplete data, of course….
“Apart from the urgent need for climate mitigation, “it is essential to pay attention to climate adaptation”, said the WMO chief, Peteri Taalas, “since the negative trend in climate will continue for decades and in some cases for thousands of years. “One powerful way to adapt is to invest in early warning, climate and water services”, he said. “Only half of the 193 members of WMO have such services in place, which means more human and economic losses. We have also severe gaps in weather and hydrological observing networks in Africa, some parts of Latin America and in Pacific and Caribbean island states, which has a major negative impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts in those areas, but also worldwide.”