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Issue 16: The opportunity for change

05.06.2007

We are at a pivotal moment in history. This century, this decade, this year – is like no other in its importance to the future of human life on Earth. This year the science of climate change became unequivocal: our planet is warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has confirmedit. Inaction on climate change is no longer an option. But with this threat comes theopportunity for positive change: the opportunityto change the way our societies live with the natural hazards that are integral to our world. Inaction on disaster risks is also no longer an option.The steps to combat climate change are well-known and must be taken quickly for our own good. The IPCC has also made clear that some climate change impacts are now inevitable. We must adapt and we must do so now.