Cities across Europe must step up their adaptation efforts if they are to handle the increasingly complex challenges caused by climate change such as more extreme flooding or prolonged heatwaves. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published οn 5 July 2016, stresses the benefits of investing in long-term preventive measures that cities should take to improve their resilience.
European cities are increasingly susceptible to the negative aspects of climate change, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity with extreme events such as heatwaves, flooding, water scarcity and droughts. At the same time, socio-economic and demographic developments can make cities more vulnerable. In this framework, the EEA report “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016 - transforming cities in a changing climate” outlines the changes and socio-economic challenges that cities face due to climate change, and the possible consequences, while it provides an in-depth overview of actions that urban planners and policymakers can take to help lessen the impact of climate change.
More information: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/building-resilient-cities-key-to