Sweden urged to brace itself for hot times ahead

Study panel says adapting to climate change will require "large-scale, high-cost" initiatives

A Swedish study group has warned that the country is likely to be "greatly affected by climate change" and that adaptation will require "large-scale high-cost initiatives" by local and central government.

Climatic conditions in many parts of the country will come to resemble those in northern France today, but with higher precipitation, bringing higher risk of flooding, landslides and erosion.

But forest growth will also increase and Sweden's energy balance will improve through increased hydropower potential and a reduction in heating demand of up to 30 per cent by the end of the century.

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