Yes it can and will, considering civilization itself began 7,000 years ago right after a period of rapid climate change that brought the last Ice Age to an end. During that period of climate change, sea level rose 50 meters or more. You could no longer walk on dry land from Siberia to Alaska. The Sahara became a desert. Our species is adapted for adaptation to change. We went from horse and buggy to car and plane in 40 years. Minimally disruptive, market based approaches adapting to whatever changes come is the most intelligent approach. Building more resilient structures back from current shorelines, promoting wetlands, adopting more water borne culture (Venice), and so on can be done without the Paris Climate treaty. Take a deep breath- we’ve had hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, and forest fires before and civilization did not come to an end. The increased CO2 can also provide the opportunity to grow more abundant crops- our plant friends love to breathe it. So maybe the sky is not falling.

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