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Karen Akerlof: Stationarity is Dead: Adaptation to a Changing World

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2:30 PM, Wednesday 2 Jun 2021 EDT (1 hour 15 minutes)
In 2008, the authors of a famous Science article proclaimed that climate change had rendered a fundamental societal assumption, that of ecological stationarity, to be “dead.” But adaptation to environmental change is not a new problem for our species. Indeed, some of the defining evolutionary moments of our species may have been times of environmental change. This talk will explore some of the pathways by which humans recognize and act on risks using case examples and other studies on sea level rise and coastal adaptation. I will focus in particular on the ways in which communication facilitates collective risk recognition and decision-making, and the many forms it can take with respect to public policy processes.

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