Development futures in the context of climate change: challenging the present and learning from the past

Brooks, N., Grist, N. and Brown, K. (2009) Development futures in the context of climate change: challenging the present and learning from the past. Development Policy Review, 27 (6). pp. 741-765. ISSN 1467-7679

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Abstract

Climate change poses a challenge to the dominant development paradigm with its concepts of modernisation, economic growth and globalisation which treat the environment as an externality and largely ignore climate variability. This article explores the extent of the challenge, drawing on archaeological evidence showing that adaptation to severe climate change can involve much more radical changes in human societies than are currently envisaged. Furthermore, short-term adaptation can result in long-term maladaptation, increasing vulnerability to climate shocks. The article argues that development urgently needs to shift its focus away from prevailing growth and yield-maximisation models towards alternatives encouraging resilience and risk-spreading.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/18692
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2009.00468.x

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