31  Understanding how to respond to climate change in a context of transformational change

The contribution of sustainable adaptation

Siri Eriksen

Introduction – problematizing adaptation

With the increasing prominence of climate change in the public and policy agendas, there are growing calls for critical thought regarding the type of response measures that are formulated (Barnett and O’Neill, 2010). For example, it has been pointed out that adjustments to reduce potential damages and realize new opportunities that may arise with such changes are not necessarily all benign (Adger et al., 2007; Eriksen and Selboe, 2013). Like any other intervention or action, adaptation aimed at one particular group or purpose can have negative effects on other ...

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