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The appropriate response to climate hazards, whether natural or human-caused, is to adapt to events when they happen. Two recent books (“Adaptive Governance and Climate Change,” by Ronald Brunner and Amanda Lynch, and “Climate: the Counter Consensus,” by Robert Carter) describe this approach in detail. As former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson puts it, “First and foremost, we must do what mankind has always done, and adapt to whatever changes in temperature may in the future arise.”

Public debate about global warming has been dominated for far too long by scientists, economists and social scientists who proceed from the assumption that human CO2 emissions are causing dangerous warming. Most are unable to assess the latest science themselves or have accepted verbatim what the world has come to realize is the deeply flawed, alarmist advice of the IPCC.

The time has come to listen instead to the majority opinion of qualified independent scientists. They conclude that climate hazards are overwhelmingly natural problems and thus should be dealt with by the time-honored civil-defense technique of preparing for adverse events in advance and adapting to them when they occur.

Whether the hazards are short-term (hurricanes and floods), intermediate (drought) or long-term (warming or cooling trends), preparation must be specific and regional in scale, for the hazards themselves vary widely by geographic location. If governments prepare properly for the full range of natural climatic hazards to which their countries are regularly exposed, this “be prepared” approach will also address the risk of future human-caused climate disruptions, should they ever occur.

Preparation and adaptation for all climate change is the simple, common-sense, cost-effective and precautionary Plan B that all governments can - and should - support.

Robert Carter is an emeritus fellow of the Institute of Public Affairs in Australia and author of “Climate: The Counter Consensus” (Stacey International, 2010). Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death” (Merril Press, 2010).