English Abstract This report, Climate Change, a Permanent Concern,
presents the results of research that was conducted in over 90 projects
during the second phase of the National Research Programme on Global Air
Pollution and Climate Change (NRP-II, 1995-2001). The report is intended
for policymakers, members of business and societal organisations and
interested members of the public. This report addresses the following
questions arising from climate policy in the Netherlands: What new
understanding is there about the climate system: what has been learned about
climate variability, the causes of climate change and the role of human
activities (detection and attribution). What are the possible consequences
of climate change for the Netherlands in particular, but also for other
regions (especially developing countries), and what possibilities are there
for adaptation? What development paths are there to bring about reductions
in emissions? What recommendations can be made for the Netherlands'
national, international and local climate policies?