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Stockholm already hit by climate change

Published torsdag 10 november 2011 kl 13.28
"It's an alarm call"
(3:55 min)
A lot of expensive property by Stockholm's shore could become flood-damaged. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/SCANPIX

Stockholm is sometimes known as the Venice of the North, but now a new exhibition shows that homes by the water may be at threat from rising sea levels.

Right now living by the water is something that people in Stockholm pay extra for. But a new report from Stockholm's county council (länsstyrelsen) says that lakeside property in this region could become damaged.

It says that the Stockholm climate will be warmer, wetter, and with more extreme weather - and more of the much-hated ticks and Spanish slugs.

Radio Sweden talked to Birgitta Sandström Lagercrantz, in charge of the exhibition at Kulturhuset.

She says they are using film, models and computer simulation to set out coming climate changes for Stockholm county.

One feature is a model that floods, to show which part of the county will end up under water in the next 100 years. She says that climate change is not a possible scenario, but a process that is already happening.

"Many of the new exclusive areas are built on the water, but that's a bad investment, I would say, and it's stupid of consumers to ask for this."

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