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Academies call for focus on extreme weather

More research is needed to monitor and deal with the effects of extreme weather events, according to the latest report from European scientific academies.

In a report, released on 2 December, the European Science Academies Advisory Council highlights a rising number of heat waves, droughts and floods in the last 20 years. More coherence is needed to assess weather changes occurring and to develop solutions to deal with the effects on agriculture and the environment, say the academies.

“These events do not respect borders and it is vital that Europe’s policy makers come together to devise common strategies to help mitigate the physical, human and economic costs,” said Easac in a statement.

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