How should Swedes adapt to climate change?

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How will climate change affect Sweden's coastal communities in coming years?  (iStock)
How will climate change affect Sweden’s coastal communities in coming years? (iStock)
What does climate change mean for Sweden, and how well-prepared are authorities here to cope with it?

The latest of the UN reports on the greenhouse effect is all about how to adapt to a changing climate. Some degree of warming is now inevitable, due to carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.

Dr. Henrik Carlsen, senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environmental Institute, joined us in The Radio Sweden studio to talk about what Sweden can expect.

He says there are some things people can do themselves to prepare – like not building their houses so close to the waterside.

He also says that the indirect effects of climate change in other parts of the world will be felt in Sweden. This nordic country depends heavily on both exports and imports, and trouble elsewhere could mean tough times for a company like Volvo.

But for Swedish forestry firms a global warming could mean more wood production. The changed climate will make trees grow faster.

frank.radosevick@sverigesradio.se

Related Links:

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Sweden:  Sweden’s Social Democrats repeat call for larger CO2 emission cuts, Radio Sweden

United States: Climate-change relocation of Alaska village stops, after state audit finds potential wrongdoing, Alaska Dispatch

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