15 Nov '11, 4pm
Thailand’s DIY climate adaptation solutions include flood bikes that ride above water
It's more likely than not at this point that climate change will substantially alter the world we live in, and humans will have to adapt. Climate adaption plans usually invoke big ideas, like sea walls and dykes and drought-resistant crops. But the response to the floods (likely due to climate change) that have devastated Thailand shows how varied and inventive local-level adaptation to adverse climate conditions can be. There are the swimming vests for cats and dogs that depend on water bottles for buoyancy, the flood bicycles that ride above the water, and the boats made entirely of water bottles. These aren't long-term solutions, but some of them, like the bikes, hint at how cities could survive even with water slowly creeping up the coast. Study up on these now so you can make your dog a water bottle vest if he needs one.