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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