Climate change is inevitable. We all know that. Which is exactly why we should keep looking for new ways to help slow its progress — like the UK's "poop bus," for example.
It may be more effective, however, to change our focus. Instead of pooling all of our efforts into engineering projects, we should be investing more time and money in education about climate change.
According to a recent study, the best way to adapt to climate change is to learn about the extent of its effects, first. The study, from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in the journal Science, says that education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods and landslides, and those crazy storms that are expected to intensify with climate change.
The researchers compared the influence that economic growth and education have on the number of deaths, from various natural disasters in 167 countries around the world. They used Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per person as an indicator of economic growth, and the number of women completing at least secondary school education as an indicator for education. And finally, they cross-referenced these findings with a database of climate-related disasters.
The conclusions of the study suggested that in many cases — predominately where the specific consequences of climate change are still in doubt — educational expansion could be a better investment in protecting people from natural disasters, than conventional investments such as building protective infrastructures like dams.
In a press release, IIASA researcher Raya Muttarak said: