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Climate change in the form of global warming induced by the accumulation of green-house gases in the atmosphere is already underway. For strategic purposes, one can distinguish between the implications of a moderate increase (2° C) and a catastrophic increase (5° C+). The moderate increases will affect hydrology, coastal zones, mountain ecosystems and biodiversity with significant impacts on agriculture, health, settlements. It is probably unavoidable because of the accumulation of greenhouse gases that are already there; but we can cope with the consequences if we put our mind and money on the job. On the other hand, a temperature increase that approaches 5°C threatens a catastrophic scale of disruption; but it may not happen for decades. So, we still have time to prevent the worst if we start acting now.

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