Introduction: Framework for Local Responses to Climate Change: Challenges and Recommendations

  • Daniel Morchain
Conference paper
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 2)


Life on this planet is constantly adapting to new circumstances and to changes in its surroundings, including variations in climate patterns. However, a faster rate of population growth and rapid urbanization trends, particularly during the last century, have increasingly challenged human and ecosystem responses to both climate and non-climate-related impacts. Furthermore, as non-climate factors – consumption trends, animal farming practices and land-use patterns, in addition to population growth – put additional stress on ecosystem services and man-made infrastructure, climate change impacts further exacerbate these (mostly) negative effects.


Ecosystem Service Climate Change Impact Climate Change Adaptation Waste Management System Climate Change Science 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European SecretariatFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Stockholm Environmental InstituteOxfordUK

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