Sweden's coastal cities, Malmö and Gothenburg, are sounding the alarm on climate change impacts. Storm Hans exposed the inadequacies of current climate adaptation efforts, prompting these cities to call for national action.
The ask? A comprehensive investigation into climate adaptation strategies. Malmö and Gothenburg are pushing for revamped laws, innovative financing models, and clearer responsibilities to manage the costs of climate resilience over time.
Both cities highlight their vulnerability to rising sea levels and extreme weather. However, current laws aren't equipped to handle these challenges effectively.
Experts emphasize the importance of a unified national approach. The Expert Council on Climate Adaptation calls for collaborative funding solutions between the public and private sectors.
Lund University and Research Institutes of Sweden (Rise) experts underline the need to avoid burdening property owners and municipalities alone with adaptation responsibilities.