Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Climate Adaptation: Evidence from Holland

What can the Dutch teach us?  Erzo G. J. Luttmer has taught me plenty of economics and has been my friend for 25 years.  His cousin, Erzo F. P. Luttmer, has taught me plenty over the 15 years that I've known him and read his stuff.   My co-author Nils Kok teaches me plenty and my friend Piet Eichholtz always offers wisdom.  That's everyone I know from that nation but I calculate that the four of them represent 12% of the nation's total population.   Today, the NY Times has a great piece on what coastal cities can learn about with regards to flood control from the Dutch experience.    This is human ingenuity at its best. I'm sorry to say that we aren't doomed!

1 comment :

Kevin Y Shih said...

From my experiences with the Dutch (n=1), I have ascertained the following:

-Dutch like potatoes
-Dutch absolutely love dairy.

My n=1 said that her parents forced her to drink milk every night before bed. Milk was taken in place of water. Thirsty? Have some milk.

She is over six foot tall.

It seems they have caught on that milk provides good nutrients. But I imagine the popularity of dairy is probably largely due to its agricultural/livestock/land history.