EU unveils climate adaptation strategy

The European commission published a long-awaited white paper on adapting to climate change on Wednesday. Closely resembling an earlier draft (EE 16/03/09), the paper sets out the likely impacts of climate change on Europe and proposes actions to reduce the region's vulnerability.

Over the next 50 years climate change is likely to have profound effects on economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, transport, tourism and health, the commission says. Most actions to deal with this will have to be taken nationally and locally, but the EU must provide an overall coordinating strategy, it believes.

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