You will have guessed that the answer is no! Mitigation and adaptation are, well and truly, the two fronts in the same major battle:the fight against climate change.
They are in actual fact two complementary strategies that each apply to a distinct level.In concrete terms, mitigation tackles the causes of climate change, while adaptation tackles its effects. In short, the first consists of limiting global warming, and the second, learning to live with it.
In both cases, there is an emergency.The IPCC, the organisation that documents and summarises all scientific knowledge relating to climate change, repeated it in its last report (the 6th, published in several stages since 2021): there remains very little time for us to limit the damaging effects of climate change.
Today, global emissions of greenhouse gases, which are the principal cause of climate change, continue to increase. Yet experts estimate these will have to peak before 2025 at the latest, then drastically decrease if we want to limit global warming to around 2°C. We are, therefore, left with roughly three years (by 2025) to reverse the trend.
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