World "must wake up to adaptation challenge"

Industry and research communities not taking adaptation to climate change seriously enough, says top academic

Climate change adaptation policies are not getting the attention they deserve, a top academic told a European commission conference on a "post-carbon society" in Brussels on Wednesday.

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam institute for climate research and chief climate advisor to German chancellor Angela Merkel, called for a "quantum leap" in adaptation policy research.

"The big science, the big money, the big brains are still going to climate [science] research," he said. Even in EU funding research programmes, adaptation research was an "add-on". Professor Schellnhuber later told ENDS the business community had also yet to grasp the significance of adaptation. "They're not even seeing it as a burden yet, let alone an opportunity," he said.

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