Four areas of engineering are considered under different scenarios - energy, water, buildings and transport - together with an exploration of how they will need to be adapted to deliver a more resilient and robust adaptive management plan.
A number of recommendations are made: first, rising sea-levels and increased flooding will require serious consideration of the viability of settlements, transport routes and infrastructure; secondly, to protect the welfare of its citizens, governments must support climate adaptation; thirdly, more research, development and investment in renewable energy sources is required to offset the loss of fossil fuels; fourthly, greater investment in Carbon Capture and Storage is needed; and finally, the industrialised world needs to take the lead in taking responsibility for the economic needs of vulnerable nations.
Posted on 30th March 2009
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