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Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting

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WASHINGTON — Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.

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

It was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent announcement of an ambitious plan to stave off New York City’s rising seas with flood gates, and levees that brought this transition into full focus.

After years of losing the fight against rising global emissions of heat-trapping gases, governments around the world are emphasizing what a UN Foundation scientific report calls ‘‘managing the unavoidable.’’

It is called adaptation and it is as necessary as insurance, experts say.

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