Sunday, July 30, 2006
A growing literature addresses the impact that global climate change may have on land use across the world. Much early attention has focused on the Arctic, where melting ice and snow imperils traditional cultures. As for the wealthy nations in the temperate world, there is hope that they may adapt by moving around crops, spending more money on flood control and less on heating. But for Africa, the poorest continent, adjustments are likely to seem costlier and more difficult than elsewhere, and may perhaps be catastrophic. Here are two opinions, one from the World Wildlife Fund and one from an African scholar speaking at the the Wilson Center .