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The Exchange

Mitigation or Adaption?


With a link between extreme weather and rising greenhouse gases, two thoughts are emerging. Many environmentalists say we should work toward mitigating greenhouse gases but others suggest the problems are irreversible and so we have to adapt to inevitable change. But for some this idea is uncomfortable. They worry that adaptation means giving up. Today we look at these two different thoughts around climate change and see where we go from here.


  • Vicki Arroyo -Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center, where she is also a visiting professor.
  • Steve Blackmer - worked in conservation in New Hampshire for 30 years, including most recently as president of the Northern Forest Center. Originally trained in forest ecology, he recently received his master's degree in religion and environment at Yale Divinity School. He currently works at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Concord.
  • Cameron Wake - Research Associate Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire and author of a new environmental benchmark report from UNH.