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Climate Talk Shifts From Curbing CO2 to Adapting

June 15, 2013

By Seth Borenstein, AP

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WASHINGTON - Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s ambitious plan to save New York City from rising seas brings into focus a shift in approach on global warming.

The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It`s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet`s wild weather.

For years, activists and officials fought against rising global emissions of heat-trapping gases - and lost. Now governments around the world are emphasizing coping with the effects of a warmer world.

It`s called adaptation. Experts say it`s about as sexy as insurance - but just as necessary.

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Story image: In this file photo, smoke billows from chimneys of the cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Dadong, Shanxi province, China. AP Photo/Andy Wong, File

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