Human adaptation to climate change: a review of three historical cases and some general perspectives

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Orlove, B.

Title

Human adaptation to climate change: a review of three historical cases and some general perspectives

Year

2005

Journal

Environmental Science & Policy

Vol (No), pp

8(6), 589-600

Abstract

To study mitigation and adaptation to climate change, social scientists have drawn on different approaches, particularly sociological approaches to the future and comparative history of past societies. These two approaches frame the social and temporal boundaries of decision-making collectivities in different ways. A consideration of the responses to climate variability in three historical cases, the Classic Maya of Mexico and Central America, the Viking settlements in Greenland, and the US Dust Bowl, shows the value of integrating these two approaches.

Citation

Orlove, B. (2005). Human adaptation to climate change: a review of three historical cases and some general perspectives. Environmental Science & Policy, 8(6), 589-600. URL : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901105001085

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