Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation

Lutz, Wolfgang, Muttarak, Raya and Striessnig, Erich (2014) Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation. Science, 346 (6213). pp. 1061-1062. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

Over the coming years, enormous amounts of money will likely be spent on adaptation to climate change. The international community recently made pledges of up to $100 billion per year by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund. Judging from such climate finance to date, funding for large projects overwhelmingly goes to engineers to build seawalls, dams, or irrigation systems (1). But with specific projections of future changes in climate in specific locations still highly uncertain, such heavy concrete (in both meanings) and immobile investments that can lock countries into certain paths may not be the best way to go (2). Our new study suggests that it may be efficient and effective to give part of this fund to educators rather than engineers. Public investment in universal education in poor countries in the near future should be seen as a top priority for enhancing societies' adaptive capacity vis-à-vis future climate change.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 05:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64792
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257975

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