Finland prepares to adapt to climate change

Official study urges care in construction, hydropower, transport and forestry investments

A wide-ranging strategy for adaptation to climate change has been proposed by Finland's agriculture and forestry ministry. It recommends that long-term investments should already consider likely impacts of global warming, particularly in the construction, hydropower, transport infrastructure and forestry sectors.

For agriculture and forestry in particular, the strategy suggests that in the short term economic benefits of climate change may outweigh disadvantages due to longer growing seasons and increasing plant productivity. However, it warns that negative impacts could grow more serious in the longer term.

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