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Climate adaptation: an urgent matter

Climate adaptation entails taking measures to respond to the consequences of climate change. It literally means: adapting to the changing climate.

Changes that we already notice are more heatwaves, droughts and more peaks in flooding due to downpours. These effects have major consequences for the lives of both humans and animals. We must react to this. By taking measures now, we keep our living environment safe and limit high costs and (economic) damages in the future.

Challenges

With only 1 degree Celsius increase, we already see that many countries, both developing and developed, struggle with the consequences of climate change. This means that if we continue “business as usual”, we have to adapt to climate change and prevent flooding, heat stress or ecological hazards in populated areas. We must act quickly to make our living environment climate-proof.

The toughest challenges already occur in vulnerable countries

The toughest challenges already occur in vulnerable countries. Climate-adaptive solutions should not only be technically feasible but also economically and societally acceptable in different circumstances. In this perspective, there is still a need for knowledge and experience regarding viable solutions.

Damage

Climate change can mean high costs if we don't adapt. Well-known examples are the damages caused by extreme flooding or the increased costs for healthcare due to health problems caused by heat stress. This especially applies to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly. In addition, climate change can lead to changes in biodiversity or agricultural production.

Positive solutions

There has been a lot of positive action among people who want to act on climate change, mitigation, and adaptation.

In particular, youth groups around the world have shown a level of enthusiasm

In particular, youth groups around the world have shown a level of enthusiasm leading to a variety of initiatives, actions, and manifestations to tackle the issue. Furthermore, scientists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers are striving to obtain more knowledge and solutions on the matter.

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