The Republic of Croatia is located in southeastern Europe, and borders the Adriatic Sea. The climate is mostly Mediterranean. Croatia's economy is split into 3 sectors: service, manufacturing, and agriculture and mining.  Croatian citizens are eager to reduce emmisions and the effects of climat change.

Effects of Climate Change in Croatia

One effect of climate change on Croatia is in the agriculture. It is getting hotter, which, according to the avoid warmer Croatia website, causes droughts that cost the country EUR 176 million a year. Also, one of Croatia's main electricity source is hydroelectricity. Because of the increasing temperatures, water is evaporating more quickly, making the use of hydroelectricity more expensive. Tourism and health issues are also being affected by climate change. The summers are becoming too hot, which drives away tourists and causes a greater change of heat stroke, higher cardiovascular risk, and increases in illnesses carried by animals and insects.

What is Croatia Doing to Stop Climate Change?

Croatia is taking steps to lessen the effects of climate change. In signing the Kyoto Protocol, Croatia committed to reducing their emissions by at least 5%. Croatia also is taking part in the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy, which says they will cut down emissions by 20% between 1990 and 2020. Along with this, Croatia is participating in the Capacity Building for Improving the Quality of Greenhouse Gas Inventories; a project that, according to the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, "strengthened institutional arrangements for compiling, archiving, updating, and managing greenhouse gas inventories."  President Josipovic suggests a new approach to dealing with climate change. He has come to the conclusion that, "We need a new global platform," and "more radical steps focused on environmental protection in order to reduce global warming." Croatia is working with many committees and projects on the issue of climate change. The country wants to work with the UN to make a new plan to reduce global warming.

By: Kennedy Kerr

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