EIT Climate-KIC: Why should Europe care about climate adaptation?

The climate crisis is a global issue. In 2019, a massive heatwave killed four thousand in Europe.

EIT Climate-KIC talked to Fernando Diaz Lopez, lead of the Pathways2Resilience programme, about the strategies Europe needs to put in place to adapt to the new climate realities.

While the impact of climate change is more severe in other parts of the world, we should not underestimate what it is already doing to Europe. “There have been a lot of changes to the climate in Europe in the past few years,” says Diaz Lopez. “The combination of periods of extreme heat and flooding is dramatic. It impacts bridges, roads, and other parts of the infrastructure. The impact on European citizens is real, and local decision-makers are starting to feel the obligation to act.”

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