Climate change evident across Europe, report says

November 26, 2012, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
The report, "Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012" finds that higher average temperatures have been observed across Europe as well as decreasing precipitation in southern regions and increasing precipitation in northern Europe. Credit: Cover: EEA

Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency this week.

The report, 'Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012' finds that higher average temperatures have been observed across Europe as well as decreasing precipitation in southern regions and increasing precipitation in northern Europe. The , and many glaciers across Europe are melting, snow cover has decreased and most permafrost soils have warmed.

such as heat waves, floods and droughts have caused rising damage costs across Europe in recent years. While more evidence is needed to discern the part played by climate change in this trend, growing human activity in hazard-prone areas has been a key factor. Future climate change is expected to add to this vulnerability, as extreme weather events are expected to become more intense and frequent. If European societies do not adapt, damage costs are expected to continue to rise, according to the report.

Some regions will be less able to adapt to climate change than others, in part due to economic disparities across Europe, the report says. The effects of climate change could deepen these inequalities.

Explore further: Climate change may increase Europe's north-south divide

More information: European Environment Agency: Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012. ISBN 978-92-9213-346-7 doi:10.2800/66071 . http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/climate-impacts-and-vulnerability-2012

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mememine69
1.4 / 5 (10) Nov 26, 2012
REAL planet lovers didn't WANT the climate blame crisis to be real and now after 26 years of scientific research the IPCC still does not have one single crisis warning that isn't peppered in maybes. Not one! What, we COULD be at the brink of a MAYBE climate crisis? Science needs to be crystal clear if their climate crisis is real or not for our children. Is it real YES or NO! How close to the brink of no return will science drag us before they say it WILL happen, not might happen? "MAYBE" isn't a good enough reason to condemn billions of helpless children to the greenhouse gas ovens of a "could be" climate crisis.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (13) Nov 26, 2012
"Some regions will be less able to adapt to climate change than others, in part due to economic disparities across Europe, the report says. The effects of climate change could deepen these inequalities."

Fixing economic disparity is easy and the method to accomplish this is tried and true. It's call capitalism, free markets, anti-socialism.

Predictably changing climate is very uncertain, but it does reinforce socialism and economic disparity.

What is more important to the AGWite? Socialism, of course.

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