How Radical Change Is More Effective Than Incremental Change

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Radical change is more effective than incremental change in several conditions. Geographical location, vulnerable populations, marginal productivity, and any combination of these causing some regions and resource systems naturally exposed to climate change (Adger and Barnett, 2009). For instance, coastal regions are vulnerable to sea level rise, in which some regions have faced the consequence of resettlement (De Sherbinin, 2011) or water shortage in the Colorado River basin and beach erosion in Arctic Slope which will be worse with moderate climate change (Kates et al., 2010). For those regions, incremental changes is necessary in the short run, however, such change could be maladaptive in the long run and force more radical change (Kates et al, 2010). Furthermore, with current greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, while emissions continue to rise each year, especially in developing countries with their high economic growth, incremental change alone is inadequate. Non-radical option is no longer applicable, while low-carbon supply technology alone is not enough to carry on the necessary rate of emission reductions. Rather, it should be complemented with rapid, deep and early reduction of the energy consumption (Anderson, 2013). Current belief that incremental adjustment coupled with carbon tax policy and emission trading to avoid 2ºC still realizable is fully misleading (Anderson and Bows, 2012). 3.1 Case study of indigenous communities Thornton and Comberti
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