Skip to comments.Dutch approach to climate change: Adapt
Posted on 12/05/2009 3:51:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita
AMSTERDAM -- With the Copenhagen summit starting Monday, chances remain uncertain for a historic breakthrough in the fight to prevent climate change, but the Netherlands is leading a fight of a different kind: How to live with global warming.
As sea levels swell and storms intensify, the Dutch are spending billions of euros on "floating communities" that can rise with surging flood waters, on cavernous garages that double as urban floodplains and on re-engineering parts of a coastline as long as North Carolina's. The government is engaging in "selective relocation" of farmers from flood-prone areas, and expanding rivers and canals to contain anticipated swells.
..."Adaptation is going to prove to be the most difficult, the most combative, and in many ways, the most important part of the climate negotiations," said Tim Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation, adding that when it comes to global warming, "The people who are most impacted are the ones who have the least voice. That's going to emerge as a very important political dispute."
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which governs the international talks, created a "Least Developed Countries Fund" in 2001. But it has yet to receive the full $180 million pledged eight years ago by rich nations. At the Group of Eight meeting last year in Japan, the U.S. pledged to give $2 billion over three years to the World Bank for climate-related activities, including clean technology and adaptation. But the U.S. budget for fiscal year 2009 provided nothing for the adaptation fund, and the 2010 budget bills in the House and Senate -- which have yet to be reconciled -- both give $75 million to the fund, $25 million less than the administration requested.
Tsk, tsk, the libs have not honored their pledges. Imagine that!? Then, another heretic speaks:
"A few years ago, people thought you were a defeatist if you talked about adaptation to climate change," said Malcolm Fergusson, head of Climate Change at Britain's Environment Agency. "We say that mitigation is important but so is adaptation, and the two go together."
Adapt!! It is what human beings do best!! Hellloooooo.......
You are quick! Thanks.
The WaPo has an ‘On Faith’ section that is usually devoted to thinly-disguised slams on Christianity.
Perhaps they should move their AGW stories to that section.
WaPo often uses Saturday to publish the more conservative or factual view in a more positive light. It’s much like Friday night’s news dump. They hope few will pay attention.
Adapting to leftists gives me heartburn. Can I sue?
They got any data for this?
Hehe. And then, you have to love the non-story here: the Netherlands, affectionately know as Holland, is BENEATH sea level already. It is a manufactured, landfill nation.
Data?! What are you, a meteorologist?:)
LOL and then tilting at windmills comes to mind. Oy vey.
I’m not following. Are you saying it is un-Christian to believe in global warming alarmism? I say it’s unscientific, and so do the e-mails.
So the Climate Shamans are now casting spells to do away with the seasons?
Exactly. And please give data on this big sea surge. Climategate put a hole in a dam that had flooded over by people shouting government is illegitimate. This is obfuscation of our enslavement.
This article is to set up a roadblock the conclusions that lie in summit thoughts. It may convey facts but it is black propaganda.
Tip-toeing through the tulips in your wellingtons:).
The Dutch reclaimed plenty of land from the sea hundreds of years ago. They know what they are doing, assuming that the long-haired druggies haven’t taken over.
Broken Hearted I’ll Wander - I like!
‘Welcome..,. I luv Dolores Keane.
Been there, seen that. The "dikes" between occupied land and the ocean are REALLY impressive (and I say that as a Louisiana boy who grew up surrounded by the levees along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, and which are probably the most impressive in the USA). The Corps of Engineers should hire some of the guys who designed THOSE structures.
Pictured above is an indoor ski resort in the desert nation of Dubai. Saying that humans "adapt" is an understatement.
Sorry I was unclear.
WaPo’s ‘On Faith’ section is, despite its name, frequently anti-Faith.
They have steadfastly ignored Climategate in the news section.
Therefore, AGW should be moved to the ‘On Faith’ section since it is their ‘religion.’
It’s what humans have been doing as long as they’ve occupied the planet and makes perfect sense, but that’s probably what’s wrong with that solution.
No wonder the dutch abandoned Manhattan! They knew it would end up submerged someday!
Ohhhhh, okay. I slow sometimes, thank you.
Yes, I agree they have made a fake religion out of greenie-ism.
You are sooooo right.
But they thankfully let us keep Teddy Roosevelt!!
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