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Should we just adapt to climate change?
UCLA environmental historian Jon Christensen (from the left) speaks to Andrew Revkin, writer of an environmental blog at the New York Times, and Alex Hall, a UCLA scientist.
The question raises the hackles of environmentalists and global-warming deniers alike — yet it’s one we should be asking sooner rather than later. That was the consensus of a climate scientist and environmental historian, both from UCLA, and a New York Times environmental writer participating in a panel discussion put on by Zocalo in partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the environmental humanities at UCLA.
Regardless of whether or not we try to mitigate the effects of climate change over the next decade, we’re still going to experience a significant rise in temperature by the middle of the 21st century, said panelist Alex Hall, an associate professor of atmosphere and ocean sciences at UCLA. So, asked moderator Jon Christensen, a historian and adjunct assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, do we “have no choice” but to adapt?
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