Climate Change 2007: How to survive a warming world
Humans have adapted to changing environments for millennia and many communities contain a wealth of knowledge about how to beat climatic odds and survive. So far, there have been few systematic studies of these survival strategies; but by tapping into communal knowledge, researchers are beginning to tease apart the actions that determine whether or not a community will make it in the face of change. The process is formally known as ‘adaptation’. It’s not only Africa that will have to adapt, but the continent is often singled out because many of its residents live in precarious circumstances.