Adaptation and responsiveness to changing climatic conditions is relevant to all species living on the planet. In a changing climate, all species face the fundamental issue of survival. For species that can survive, there is an issue about maintaining health. Compliance in this context involves two dimensions: that of compliance with the rules of nature, or the context in which the species must live to gain and maintain health; and compliance with regimes that the individuals and species must maintain in restoring health from illness. The renewed recognition of the forces of nature and its rules as the context in which the health of a species relies, is partially relevant to the interest in climate change and its regulation. Determination of the rules of nature leads to the necessity of compliance with such rules for survival of a species.

Theoretically, there is an option to modify the rules of nature by human intervention. This approach has been considered and attempted in experiments to modify weather. Such meteorological experiments were used, for example, in seeking to precipitate rain by seeding clouds with silver iodide crystals, and in proposals to install orbital systems to strategically modify weather patterns for security reasons. Whether climate change is the result of intentional or unintentional anthropogenic actions, compliance with the rules of nature as they exist does not appear to be optional for the survival of the species.

Because species are interconnected as a web, survival or extinction of any species results in changing circumstances for all species with attendant consequences. In this approach, human compliance with the rules of nature is determinative of the health of all species, not just of humans, and is so, regardless of whether or not anthropogenic emissions are responsible for climate change. Should such emissions and human decision-making be a relevant contributory factor in climate change, anthropological compliance, or noncompliance would be more significant. The health of a species is contingent on compliance with the rules of nature.

With the interconnectedness of species, compliance with the rules of nature by each species may mean a radical change in the continuity of species or, possibly, be a matter of survival for all. With human health, compliance may involve a proactive approach to healthy living that is advocated by some alternative health regimes or a pathological approach such as in conventional allopathic medicine. This distinction approximates the twin approach of the Kyoto compliance mechanism with its facilitative and enforcement branches. Both approaches can include preventive and remedial features in achieving compliance.

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