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Unformatted text preview: be required later on. There is also a risk that such a delay will entrench path dependencies in favour of emissions-intensive technologies, making compliance with the 2 °C guard rail more expensive, more difficult and ultimately impossible (WBGU, 2007). In other words, there is a narrow window of opportunity for successful prevention, making swift action essential. 14 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Adaptation Solves [____] [____] Mitigation strategies won’t solve Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 (November 16, Adaptive capacity is intimately connected to social and economic development but is unevenly distributed across and within societies. A range of barriers limit both the implementation and effectiveness of adaptation measures. The capacity to adapt is dynamic and is influenced by a society’s productive base including: natural and man -made capital assets, social networks and entitlements, human capital and institutions, governance, national income, hea lth and technology. Even societies with high adaptive capacity remain vulnerable to climate change, variability and extremes. Both bottom-up and top-down studies indicate that there is high agreement and much evidence of substantial economic potential for the mitigation of global GHG emissions over the coming decades that could offset the projected growth of global emissions or reduce emissions below current levels While top-down and bottom-up studies are in line at the global level (Figure SPM.9) there are considerable differences at the sectoral level. No single technology can provide all of the mitigation potential in any sector. The economic mitigation potential, which is generally greater than the market mitigation potential, can only be achieved when adequate policies are in place and barriers removed (Table SPM.5). 15 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: US Irrelevant/China Key [____] [____] US policy will shape global climate response Paul Roberts, 2004 (Harper's Magazine, Finalist for the National Magazine Award, T he End of Oil: A Perilous New World, p. 325-326) Politically, a new U.S. energy policy would send a powerful message to the rest of the players in the global energy economy. Just as a carbon tax would signal the markets that a new competition had begun, so a progressive, aggressive American energy policy would give a warning to international businesses, many of which now regard the United States as a lucrative dumping ground for older high-carbon technology. It would signal energy producers — companies and states — that they would need to start making investments for a new energy business, with differing demands and product requirements. Above all , a progressive energy policy would not only show trade partners in Japan and Europe that the United States is serious about climate but would give the United States the leverage it needs to force much-ne...
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