Extreme weather conditions in recent years resulted in the spending of Ft 150-Ft 180 billion on damages and protection yearly, Napi Gazdaság reports. Damages concerned the agriculture, forestry, traffic and health sector as well. As István Láng of the Hungarian Scientific Academy (MTA) pointed out there is a need for a comprehensive national policy on climate-related issues and also for a long-term strategy integrating aspects of economic, social and environmental policies. It is also necessary to take more effective steps in reducing the emission of polluting materials and in training members of both society and economy to adopt to the changing conditions. (NG 1) A.H.