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  1. Chile Weathers Earthquake but Can the World Adapt to Climate Change? 

    The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark report this week, warning that the effects of climate change will be “severe, pervasive and irreversible.” While it continues to advise reducing emissions, this report placed unprecedented emphasis on climate adaptation measures to protect vulnerable populations against increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Although this week’s earthquakes were not climate related, the world could take adaptation lessons from Chile, whose strict adherence to building codes and exemplary emergency protocols are credited with containing the damage done by Tuesday’s 8.2 quake. Six deaths have been reported, which contrasts sharply with Haiti’s death toll of 230,000 following a 7.0 earthquake in 2010. 

    Sources: National Geographic, Quartz, The Economist, CNN  

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