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The devastating scenes of destruction that have played out in recent weeks—from record-breaking floods in China to raging fires in Greece—offer a glimpse into what a warmer world looks like. Climate chaos is not inevitable, however. Climate solutions exist, and they are being delivered in countries with the will and leadership to do so.
The countries highlighted here have different goals. In Finland, it’s mitigation. The country has set an ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2035, in part by shifting from plastic, concrete, and steel to wood and bio-based materials through careful forest management.
In Dominica, a Caribbean island on the front lines of the war on climate change, adaptation is the priority. Storms regularly batter the island and climate change will inevitably increase both the frequency and intensity of those storms. The country is determined to become the first climate-resilient nation by 2030 and is investing heavily to “disaster-proof” its buildings and infrastructure.
In terms of economic size, structure, and output, Finland and Dominica couldn’t be more different. But when it comes to climate change, they both know how much is at stake. They’ve set ambitious targets and are using the cards they’ve been dealt to simultaneously forestall and prepare for the future.