Starjournal Quotation Lutz, Wolfgang, Muttarak, R, Striessnig, Erich. 2014. Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation. Science 346 (6213): 1061-1062.




Over the coming years, enormous amounts of money will likely be spent on adaptation to climate change. The international community recently made pledges of up to $100 billion per year by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund. Judging from such climate finance to date, funding for large projects overwhelmingly goes to engineers to build seawalls, dams, or irrigation systems. But with specific projections of future changes in climate in specific locations still highly uncertain, such heavy concrete (in both meanings) and immobile investments that can lock countries into certain paths may not be the best way to go. Our new study suggests that it may be efficient and effective to give part of this fund to educators rather than engineers. Public investment in universal education in poor countries in the near future should be seen as a top priority for enhancing societies' adaptive capacity vis-a-vis future climate change.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Science
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation
Volume 346
Number 6213
Year 2014
Page from 1061
Page to 1062
Reviewed? Y


Lutz, Wolfgang (Former researcher)
Striessnig, Erich (Former researcher)
Muttarak, R
Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research Institute for Human Capital and Development FI (Former organization)
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