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FutureproofHow to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World$
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Jon Coaffee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300228670

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300228670.001.0001

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Anticipating Climate Armageddon

Anticipating Climate Armageddon

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Jon Coaffee

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that surviving and thriving in the age of climate change is going to require more than mere protection and coping mechanisms. It will demand that we are bold and innovative, and that we embrace uncertainty and commit to transformation. The extreme risk of climate change has led to various mitigation and adaptation measures that further focused attention on the process of resilience building and guided us towards embracing increasingly holistic and collaborative ways of working across multiple systems, networks, and scales from the local to the trans-national. These can be increasingly progressive and proactive ways of thinking that work for the long-term future. This further requires us to move beyond a narrow range of options based on the past and develop a range of more adaptable solutions, or pathways, into the future in response to contemporary and future ‘unknown’ risks brought forth by a changing climate.

Keywords:   climate change, resilience building, Miami, New York, climate-proofing, permanent risk

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