21 November 2012 Last updated at 06:00 ET
By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News
The cost of damage from extreme weather events is projected to increase in the future
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The effects of climate change are already evident in Europe and the situation is set to get worse, the European Environment Agency has warned.
In a report, the agency says the past decade in Europe has been the warmest on record.
It adds that the cost of damage caused by extreme weather events is rising, and the continent is set to become more vulnerable in the future.
The findings have been published ahead of next week’s UN climate conference.
They join a UN Environment Programme report also released on Wednesday showing dangerous growth in the “emissions gap” – the difference between current carbon emission levels and those needed to avert climate change…..(more).