31 Mar '17, 8pm

How Do We Tackle Climate Change Uncertainty?

How Do We Tackle Climate Change Uncertainty?

Awareness. Before doing anything else, it’s important to acknowledge that uncertainty exists, and learn how to communicate about it to relevant stakeholders. Uncertainty may be difficult to perceive and measure, but this doesn’t mean it’s not present—nor does it justify inaction. We know that the majority of dams in the United States, for example, are past their 50-year designated lifespans, and about 17 percent of the country’s 87,000 dams are “high hazard” ones that will have catastrophic consequences for communities, rivers and wildlife if they fail. There may be uncertainties about when they will burst, which ones are more at risk, and what the impact will be, but these uncertainties should be acknowledged and then tackled head-on. That way, repairs can be prioritized or, if evacuations do become necessary, those affected may suffer less shock and have an easier time e...

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