Climate change risks rising for Europe – report

The European Environment Agency (EEA) warned in a report on Wednesday that all regions of the continent are facing severe meteorological conditions in the years ahead, including rising sea levels, flooding and more extreme weather due to global warming. 

It says European nations will face a rise in the frequency and occurrence of heat waves, floods, droughts and storms. 

It pays particular attention to European coastal areas and floodplains in western Europe and calls these climate change hotspots, which will likely witness rising sea levels and storm surges. 

Southern and south-eastern Europe are also likely to become climate change hotspots, the report warns, as they face extreme heat waves in the 21st Century. 

Meanwhile, 2016 was declared the hottest year on record since measurements were taken in 1880. 

According to studies conducted by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the average global temperatures were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. 

The 2016 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend; scientists say that since 2014 temperatures have been breaking records consecutively.