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European Commission Daily News 24th Feb

COLLEGE MEETING: Green Deal: Building a resilient future in the face of climate change – A new EU strategy on climate change adaptation

The European Commission today adopted a new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, which sets out the way forward to prepare for the inevitable consequences of climate change. If the EU is doing everything in its power to mitigate climate change, both nationally and internationally, we must also prepare to face its inevitable consequences. Whether it is deadly heatwaves or devastating droughts, decimated forests or coasts eroded by rising sea levels, climate change is already having serious consequences in Europe and the world. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the goal of today’s proposals is to focus more on developing solutions rather than understanding the problem, and moving from planning to Implementation. Executive Vice President for the Green Deal for Europe, Frans Timmermans, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder that insufficient preparation can have disastrous consequences. There is no vaccine against the climate crisis, but we can still fight it and prepare to face its inevitable effects. The effects of climate change are already being felt both inside and outside the European Union. The new climate change adaptation strategy allows us to accelerate and deepen the preparatory work. If we are ready today, we can still build a climate resilient future. You can follow the Executive Vice President’s press conference live on EbS. The press release, our questions and answers and a video are available online.

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