Economic, social and governance adaptation readiness for mitigation of climate change vulnerability: evidence from 192 countries

Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie, Vladimir Strezov

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    Abstract

    Adaptation strategies have become critical in climate change mitigation and impact reduction, to safeguard population and the ecosystem from irreparable damage. While developed countries have integrated adaptation plans and policies into their developmental agenda, developing countries are facilitating or yet to initiate adaptation policies in their development. This study examines the nexus between climate change vulnerability and adaptation readiness in 192 UN countries using mapping and panel data models. The study reveals Africa as the most vulnerable continent to climate change with high sensitivity, high exposure, and low adaptive capacity. Developed countries, including Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Spain, and Germany, are less vulnerable to climate change due to strong economic, governance and social adaptation readiness. International commitment from developed countries to developing countries is essential to strengthen their resilience, economic readiness and adaptive capacity to climate-related events.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)150-164
    Number of pages15
    JournalScience of the Total Environment
    Volume656
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • Climate change
    • Adaptation readiness
    • Climate change vulnerability
    • Adaptive capacity
    • Climate change sensitivity
    • Climate change exposure

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