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Climate change: Adapation is key

The COP23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn made small steps towards implementing the conditions of the Paris Climate Agreement. As the current climate objectives of the Paris Agreement are not sufficient for limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius, it was decided already in Paris that over time, the individual nations would have to step up their efforts. This also holds true for Switzerland. If we assume that global warming will continue, then climate change adaptation takes on an increasingly important role. We can drive adaptation more directly by reacting to the challenges that the effects of climate change pose. We can thereby limit the risks and seize the opportunities.

Zurich Switzerland will focus on the unique Zurich Natural Hazard Radar which promotes public awareness on climate-induced risks and how best to deal with them. We will invest in the development of the tool and in the climate dialogue.

Why is this important? New research shows that the average temperature on earth will increase more quickly and intensely than previously anticipated. What will be the repercussions? More storms, floods and mudslides – in other words, more extreme weather. The buzzword on everyone’s lips these days is «smart protection». The better prepared we are, the less damage we will sustain. By investing in the Natural Hazard Radar, Zurich helps Swiss citizens adapt to the changing climate. With a few clicks, the free online tool – www.zurich.ch/naturalhazards – allows you to understand which natural hazards threat your home or your company and what protective measures you can take to protect it. Most of the time, simple constructions will suffice to avoid a lot of damage.

Juan Beer
Chief Executive Officer
Zurich Switzerland