Questioning complacency: Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation in Norway

Most European assessments of climate change impacts have been carried out on sectors and ecosystems, providing a narrow understanding of what climate change really means for society. Furthermore, the main focus has been on technological adaptations, with less attention to the process of climate change adaptation. In this article, we present and analyze findings from recent studies on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Norway, with the aim of identifying the wider social impacts of climate change. Three main lessons can be drawn: First, the potential thresholds and indirect effects may be more important than the direct, sectoral effects. Second, highly sensitive sectors, regions and communities combine with differential social vulnerability to create both winners and losers. Third, high national levels of adaptive capacity mask the barriers and constraints to adaptation, particularly among those who are most vulnerable to climate change. Based on these results, we question complacency in Norway and other European countries regarding climate change impacts and adaptation. We argue that

greater attention needs to be placed on the social context of climate change impacts, and on the processes shaping vulnerability and adaptation.

Reference

O'Brien, Karen, Siri E H Eriksen, Linda Sygna and Lars Otto Næss, 2006. Questioning complacency: Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation in Norway. Ambio, 35 (2): pp. 50-56.

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  • Language: Engelsk
  • Category: Tidsskriftartikler
  • Title: Questioning complacency: Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation in Norway
  • Journal: Ambio
  • Volume: 35
  • Number: 2
  • Pages (from-to): 50-56

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