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An 'agenda for change': Quantifying climate change impacts on natural resource-based economies

James MacGregor, Hannah Reid, Linda Sahlen

Opinion paper, 2 pages

For adaptation to be beneficial to developing countries, it must begin quickly and this will require domestic political will. The third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made clear that even if the Kyoto Protocol is fully implemented, inertial in climatic systems mean that climate change (CC) is unavoidable. The countries most vulnerable to CC include many developing nations; while those better-able to adapt and less willing to mitigate are those most guilty of past pollution, including many developed nations.

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