Climate Change Research ›› 2014, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (3): 197-202.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1673-1719.2014.03.007

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Understanding of Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development for IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Duan Juqi1, Xu Xinwu2, Gao Qingzhu3   

  1. 1 National Climate Center / Laboratory for Climate Studies, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing 100081, China;
     2 Department of Science & Technology and Climate Change, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing 100081, China;
     3 Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing  100081, China
  • Received:2014-02-11 Revised:2014-04-15 Online:2014-05-30 Published:2014-05-30

Abstract: IPCC launched Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability and pointed out that since AR4 the framing of adaptation has moved further from a focus on biophysical vulnerability to the wider social and economic drivers of vulnerability and people’s ability to respond. It expounded the relationships between climate risk and social development, pointed out how adaptation play an important role in climate-related risk management and that strategies and approaches to climate change adaptation include efforts to decrease vulnerability or exposure and/or increase resilience or adaptive capacity. It presented the concept of adaptation limits and expounded its meaning to climate change adaptation. It put forward climate resilient pathways for sustainable development, significant co-benefits and synergies exist between mitigation and adaptation and between alternative adaptation responses, transformation is a necessary option to cope with climate change. The report considered climate change, impacts, adaptation and social-economics processes are not simple linear relationship and need to be recognized and understood in a compound system.

Key words: climate change, impacts, adaptation, risk, sustainable development

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