How vulnerable are cities to climate change?

Climate change is impacting and will continue to impact the European continent. However, climate impacts vary across Europe. More than three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Urban residents, city authorities, national and EU institutions need information about how cities will be affected and how to plan accordingly.

The EEA has brought all the relevant data available for cities across Europe together in an interactive 'urban vulnerability map book’ on the European Climate Adaptation portal Climate-ADAPT. The maps are clustered around four climate threats (heatwaves, drought and water scarcity, flooding and forest fires) and cities’ capacity to respond. The map book shows how different factors, such as the amount of green urban areas, the share of elderly people or levels of trust and financial resources, interact at city level and determine the vulnerability of the cities included.

For the complete article, please see European Environment Agency.