The UN's New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change -
- The United Nations' latest report on climate change contains plenty of dire warnings about the adverse impact "human interference with the climate system" is having on everything from sea levels to crop yields to violent conflicts. But the primary message of the study isn't, as John Kerry suggested on Sunday, for countries to collectively reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Instead, the subtext appears to be this: Climate change is happening and will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. As a result, we need to adapt to a warming planetâ€”to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with increasing temperaturesâ€”rather than focusing solely on curbing warming in the first place. And it's businesses and local governments, rather than the international community, that can lead the way.