The conclusion of a group of researchers including some from Utrecht University is that policy worldwide is insufficiently adapted to climate change. As a result, there is a very real risk that we are not resilient enough to face climate risks. The researchers published their findings in the open-access journal Regional Environmental Change.
Adaptation to a changing climate is both necessary and unavoidable. This means that climate change needs to be mainstreamed in existing policy, for example for urban planning, transport and agriculture. Researchers from Utrecht University, the Stockholm Environment Institute, Lund University and Wageningen University & Research analysed what evidence there is that this is happening, and to what extent. Their conclusion is that mainstreaming is not yet as effective as they had hoped, and that in consequence, climate risks are insufficiently covered.