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How climate change is going to impact Norway

Source(s):  Life in Norway

By David Nikel


The Norwegian Red Cross believes that more and more extreme weather events will increasingly threaten human life in the future. “This summer's deadly and devastating landslides and last year's drought and devastating floods have shown us that both the authorities and volunteer emergency organisations must sharpen our work on prevention and preparedness across the country,” says Secretary General Bernt G. Apeland.

Norway's climate 2071-2100

His comments come as a new report commissioned by the organisation on Norway's climate in the years 2071-2100 makes for grim reading. The organisation asked the Norwegian Climate Services Centre to investigate the impact on Norway if the world's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.


NVW Hydrologist Irene Brox Nilsen says municipalities must put a major climate focus in all forms of planning and development. “Local climate conditions have always affected where we settle. Municipalities must take climate change into account when planning residential areas and infrastructure. Areas that do not have a significant risk of natural damage today may have it in the future,” she warns.


“It is crucial that all municipalities agree contingency plans and regularly practice crisis management with voluntary contingency players as well. Authorities need to have a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as the elderly and other groups in the population. They may not be able to prepare for crises or get to safety when the accidents occur,” says Apeland.


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  • Publication date 09 Aug 2019

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