Climate change is already having substantial and widespread impacts around the world, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Drawing on a larger body of evidence than ever before, it highlights a wide range of risks in vital areas such as food supply, human health and economic development.
We urgently need to reduce global emissions to avoid the most extreme impacts. The window for action is closing fast.Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director
- Increased risk of coastal flooding, erosion and economic losses across Europe due to accelerating sea-level rise
- Increased risk of inland flooding in many river basins due to projected increases in heavy rainfall
- Increased economic, ecological and social impacts due to stronger and more frequent heat waves, including health impacts, decreasing labour productivity, crop losses, ecosystem decline and increasing risk of wildfires in southern Europe
- Increased water restrictions due to significant reductions in water availability, particularly in southern Europe