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Argument: Some climate change inevitable, adaptation aid must be focus

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According to an article published in VOA news on August 30th, 2009, "The World Meteorological Organization says mitigation alone is not enough. Largely overlooked in this process is the need for adaptation. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud says countries must have the tools to adapt to a changing climate. They must be able to respond to a world that is likely to experience more extreme weather events, such as floods and hurricanes."[1]

"How much climate aid is enough." Samuel Thernstrom. December 11, 2009: "Many environmentalists have long resisted policy initiatives that focus on improving our ability to adapt to a changing climate; the fear has been that such efforts would distract attention from proposals to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. [...] Thankfully, that dynamic is finally changing, as governments and advocacy groups have increasingly accepted the fact that some degree of climate change is inevitable, and that consequently, the primary goal of climate policy should be to reduce harms to human welfare and the environment, rather than focusing exclusively on the long-term goal of emissions reductions."

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