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Can a Role-Playing Game Teach Millions of Farmers to Cope with Climate Change? (Video)

Can a Role-Playing Game Teach Millions of Farmers to Cope with Climate Change? (Video)

And of course, these farmers are among the most vulnerable in the world to the increasingly extreme weather conditions brought forth by climate change. Unexpected floods can wash away their crops; droughts make them desiccate. These farmers are planting crops in a world that's considerably more unpredictable than it was for previous generations, thanks to an unprecedented concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But how can these farmers -- most of whom lack much formal education, and who have never heard much about climate science -- become better acquainted with the vast array of threats that the changing climate lays before them? How can they begin to adapt to the changing circumstances, and prepare for more volatile times? Dr. Pablo Suarez thinks they should play games. Suarez is a respected designer of "serious games" who believes that community participat...

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