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Introduction Climate change is nothing new. In the history of Earth there have been considerable climate changes – from very warm periods to an almost complete freezing of the planet (‘snowball Earth’). Over the past half a million years, the biggest climate changes have happened in connection with the coming and going of the ice ages. Nevertheless, life on Earth has survived even though many species have become extinct, especially at the onset of the ice ages. So, history also shows that life on Earth – generally speaking – is pretty robust.

Even though these changes are described in the literature, they are still not documented trends which can be ascribed to anthropogenic climate change. ππ Buildings in mountain areas are subject to an increased risk of flooding from melting glaciers. Governments and other authorities have in several places initiated the construction of dams and ducts to mitigate the risk. Heatwave over Europe in 2003 Box 2 From June to August 2003, many parts of Europe suffered a serious heatwave with summer temperatures 3‑5 °C above normal over much of southern and central Europe.

G. Scandinavia) will be favoured by the expected effects of climate change on agricultural production potential. However, exploiting this potential assumes that cultivation methods are properly adapted. It is especially in terms of agriculture’s environmental impact that this adaptation will need to be planned and managed. This is because intensive farming in these areas discharges significant volumes of fertilisers and pesticides to the surrounding environment. Sea level rise will, in certain places, lead to flooding or to so high groundwater levels that farming will become impossible.

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