Floods, droughts and other extreme weather events are speeding up the adoption of national climate change adaptation strategies, the European Environment Agency said on Tuesday.
Extreme weather events are the most common trigger for adaptation responses, ahead of both EU policies and scientific research, the EEA found.
As a result, adaptation in Europe tends to be restricted to reactive policies, the EEA warned. But half of the 30 mostly EU countries it surveyed reported a high or very high willingness to develop policies to adapt at national level.
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