European Cities Must Invest in Climate Change Adaptation Measures


A report published by the European Environment Agency said that cities need to start investing in adaptation measures using ideas and best practice from around the world. It said that the longer political leaders wait, the more expensive adaptation will become and the danger to citizens and the economy will increase. The report argues that the distinct design and composition of urban areas compared to rural areas alters climate change impacts in cities, leading to many diverse challenges for cities within Europe. According to the report, roughly one fifth of European cities with over 100,000 inhabitants are very vulnerable to river floods.