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EU Policy. European Commission slammed for ‘tepid’ response to rapidly changing climate

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Commission has unveiled a new strategy for climate adaptation in response to warnings from the EU’s environmental watchdog about the significant human and economic costs climate change poses to Europe 
• This strategy comes after the European Environment Agency (EEA) issued a report highlighting the urgent need for action to mitigate potentially catastrophic impacts on health, property, and ecosystems across the continent

🔭 The context: Climate Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra emphasized the importance of preparing for a temperature rise of up to 3 degrees Celsius, despite global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees in accordance with the Paris Agreement 
• The EU's strategy focuses on improved governance, better information sharing, spatial planning, and mobilizing finance to build resilience against the inevitable impacts of climate change

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: As the fastest warming continent, Europe's proactive approach to climate adaptation sets a critical example for global climate resilience efforts 
• This strategy acknowledges the unavoidable effects of climate change and the necessity of preparing for them to protect ecosystems, economies, and citizens' well-being

⏭️ What's next: The EU's adaptation strategy outlines immediate steps for better data use, cooperation across government levels, and securing necessary financing for resilience projects 
• However, criticism from environmental groups highlights the need for more concrete solutions and urgent action, including a potential Climate Resilience Law

💬 One quote: "Climate impacts will unfortunately continue to get worse before it gets better," said Climate Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra, stressing the inevitability of the challenges ahead

📈 One stat: Despite aiming for a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Europe's share of global emissions will only drop to 3-4%, indicating the vast majority of emissions come from outside the continent

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