‘One-off’ events, more often.
is expected to magnify regional differences in
Europe’s natural resources and assets. Negative
impacts will include increased risk of inland flash
floods and more frequent coastal flooding and
increased erosion due to storminess and sea level
rise. Mountainous areas will face glacier retreat,
reduced snow cover and winter tourism, and
extensive species losses – in some areas up to 60
percent under high emissions scenarios by 2080.
Climate change is also projected to increase the
health risks due to heat waves and the frequency of
wildfires. The opposite extreme, record-breaking
cold weather, is also predicted to become more
common. People were immobilized when roads and
walkways became covered in ice on the shores of
Lake Leman in Switzerland, near Geneva.
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