ABSTRACT

Climate Change: Defining 'Adaptation' and 'Resilience', with Implications for Policy [May 11, 2021]   [open pdf - 467KB]

From the Document: "Congress has increased its attention to risks that climate variability and change pose to communities, the economy, and other dimensions of society. Legislative provisions related to climate change have referenced 'resilience' or 'adaptation'. Federal, state, and local agencies, and other stakeholders, often intend different meanings when they refer to 'resilience' and 'climate change adaptation'. This product presents selected definitions in use for 'resilience' and 'climate change adaptation', and describes trends and evolutions in use related to climate change. To assist Congress as it considers proposals to enhance adaptation and resilience, and exercises its appropriations and oversight functions, this product seeks to clarify and identify some of the choices implied by differences among definitions. Terms used and definitions provided in legislation, regulation, and guidance may shape how executive agencies or the courts interpret congressional direction and its implementation. Congress may wish to consider whether to clarify terms in legislation or to give discretion to the executive branch. Statutory language may be broad, precise, or ambiguous."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF11827
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Date:
2021-05-11
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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