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Increased occurence of droughts is one of the predicted effects of climate change© Scott Liddell

Adapting to climate change: the EU must prepare


The European Commission presented today a White Paper outlining actions needed to strengthen the Union's resilience in coping with a changing climate. Recent findings indicate that the impacts of climate change will be swifter and more severe than indicated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their 2007 report. Europe will not escape these effects and must therefore prepare to cope with them.

The impact of climate change will have varying regional implications meaning that most adaptation measures will need to be taken nationally and regionally. The framework presented by the Commission sets out a two-phase strategic approach to adapting to the impacts of climate change in the EU which complements actions taken by Member States through an integrated and coordinated approach.

The White Paper's impact assessment uses as background information results from the PESETA study on the effects of climate change in Europe, which was coordinated by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). In particular, the impact assessment contains results on the agriculture, human health, coastal systems, river floods and tourism sectors.