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Hundred actions to face climate change in the Alps

The Alpine Climate Board has carried out a stock-taking of climate action in the Alps over the past few years. 100 activities have been reported, with a balanced focus on adaptation and mitigation. On this basis, a first set of recommendations was issued.

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Report published on assessing adaptation knowledge in Europe

This report is based on a knowledge assessment study designed to synthesize the frameworks, processes and methods being used to assess vulnerability in Europe. It describes the concepts and definitions covering impacts, vulnerability, risk, resilience and adaptive capacity.

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Second Hamburg Climate Report published

The report sheds light on the necessary responses to climate change in Northern Germany. With key issues such as temperature, risen by approximately 1.4 degrees Celsius since 1881; increased amount of precipitation, while dry spells in spring now last longer than they did a few decades ago.

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Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Carpathian mountains

Rising temperatures and changing precipitation threatens valuable ecosystems in the Carpathian mountains. This report will serve as a practical companion for local, regional and national policy makers seeking to protect the fragile mountain ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

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EEA Report Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Reducing the impacts of dangerous weather- and climate-related events and at the same time adapting to a changing climate have become top priorities for the European Union. The report presents 10 key natural hazards in Europe, including heatwaves, heavy precipitation, river floods, windstorms, landslides, droughts, forest fires, avalanches, hail and storm surges.

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New map data depict regional climate change after a rise in global temperature of 1.5 degrees

Global warming is not evenly distributed around the Earth; for example land areas warm up faster than sea areas. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) can present unique data which depict regional climate change after a rise in global temperature of 1.5 degrees.

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Dutch cities of Groningen and Rotterdam will accommodate Global Climate Adaptation Centre

The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) will be accommodated in Rotterdam and Groningen (The Netherlands). The centre will liaise with a broad-based, worldwide network of partners, among which international knowledge institutes, businesses, interest organizations, local and national governments, and the financial sector.

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What a lake’s color can tell about its condition in times of climate change

With the help of satellite observations from 188 lakes worldwide, scientists have shown that the warming of large lakes amplifies their color. Lakes which are green due to their high phytoplankton content tend to become greener in warm years as phytoplankton content increases.

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New forecasting tool helping disaster responders to prevent worst impacts of floods

This tool, integrated into the Copernicus European Flood Awareness System, adds near real-time impact assessments to existing forecasts, allowing authorities to prepare and focus resources well ahead of potential floods.

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Unsustainable land use threatens European landscapes

Accelerating rates of construction, climate change, technological changes, and changing demographics are some of the key drivers influencing the use of vast landscapes in Europe.

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Diverse landscapes are more productive and adapt better to climate change

Ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental conditions than those with a low diversity of species. They also adapt better to climate-driven environmental changes, Swiss study shows among 450 landscapes.

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Electricity consumption in Europe will shift under climate change

Rising temperatures will fundamentally change electricity consumption patterns in Europe. Scientists analyzed what unchecked future warming means for Europe's electricity demand: daily peak loads in Southern Europe will likely increase and overall consumption will shift from Northern Europe to the South.

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