[OPINION] We Can’t Stop Climate Change, So It’s Time To Prepare For Extreme Weather

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Michele S. Byers, executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, is both right and wrong in her Nov. 9 column.

She is right to advocate getting ready for extreme events by weather proofing flood-prone urban infrastructure, etc. Communities that do not properly prepare will be in deep trouble.

She is wrong, however, to think that humanity can stop climate change and extreme weather events from happening by “reducing carbon [dioxide] emissions and investing in green energy.” The U.K. Met Office, widely regarded as the most reputable temperature data source in the world, have shown that, while carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise during the past 16 years, global temperatures have flatlined.

It is going to be difficult finding the funds to properly prepare for extreme weather events as long as the vast majority of climate money is spent trying to slow climate change. Of the roughly $100 billion spent each year in the world on climate finance, only 5% of it goes to adaptation. 95% of it is devoted to controlling global climate decades in the future, something increasing numbers of climate experts tell us is impossible.

Tom Harris
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)


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