Conference in Finland Addresses Climate Risks

Recent extreme weather events, including heat waves, drought, and severe monsoon rains, highlight the growing need to address the risks of climate variability. Climate extremes have led to devastating famines, epidemics, social unrest, and armed conflict in many areas of the world. The UN World Meteorological Organization, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society brought together more than 250 stakeholders from over 60 countries for “The Living with Climate Variability and Change Conference” in Espoo, Finland (17-21 July 2006), to discuss ways toward better management of climate risks. The gathering heard from experts in the fields of food security, natural disasters, water resources, energy, and public health. A follow-up conference is to take place in Madrid in 2007. Papers and other information about the conference are available at