Featured originally on Huffington Post: A Road Trip Without a Map: Why Research Is Vital for Confronting Climate Change

An Op/Ed from IFPRI Research Fellow Tim Thomas:

Before the age of the GPS, people relied on paper roadmaps when journeying to places they had never been before. It wasn't always easy to find an accurate map, and not everyone was gifted at map readings, so trips often had many wrong turns, leading to delayed arrivals and missed events. As we are on the verge of the UN Climate Summit being held in New York on September 23, it is important to consider whether the maps we have on climate change are sufficiently up-to-date and whether we have the ability to understand them. Miscalculation could be disastrous for every person on the planet, particular the poor and vulnerable.

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Switchback road in Obudu, Nigeria  This road in Obudu, Nigeria weaves back and forth up the steep mountainside.   ©IFPRI/Ian Masias

Switchback road in Obudu, Nigeria
This road in Obudu, Nigeria weaves back and forth up the steep mountainside.
©IFPRI/Ian Masias