Title

The Paradox of “Acting Globally While Thinking Locally”: Discordance in Climate Change Adaption Policy

Published In

The Journal of Environment & Development

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2013

Keywords

Climate Change Mitigation -- Public policy

Abstract

The paradox motivating this article is why California has acted globally by enacting a comprehensive mitigation policy to reduce the emissions of Greenhouse gases, a true public good since the benefits will be shared across the planet, but has not mustered the will to act locally through the adoption of an equally comprehensive adaptation policy for the state to protect its own public and private assets and interests. We attempt to explain the paradox by identifying what it is that differentiates climate change adaptation from mitigation, both substantively and politically. The paradox notwithstanding, we identify several imaginable adaptation policies and strategies that would be commensurate with individual and collective self-interested behavior.

Description

Copyright (2013) Sage

DOI

10.1177/1070496512471947

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/32349

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