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Young Academics Award of the Alpine Convention: Call for Applications

The fourth edition of the Young Academics Award of the Alpine Convention focuses on a key aspect for climate change adaptation: Sustainable water management in the Alps. Outstanding Master theses on the topic will be rewarded. Applications are open until 31 October 2018.

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European State of the Climate 2017

The Copernicus Services on Climate Change and Atmosphere Monitoring have presented the European State of the Climate 2017, covering two main themes: the Climate in 2017 (annual and seasonal climate of last year in comparison with the 1981-2010 climate reference period) and the Headline Climate Indicators (long-term key indicators for global and regional climate change). The report was presented on 10 April 2018 at the European Parliament.

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The Climate Innovation Window: platform for innovators, investors and end-users

BRIGAID´s Climate Innovation Window aims to be a reference portal for innovations on climate change adaptation; bridging the gap between innovators and end-users in resilience to floods, droughts and extreme weather.

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Call for applications for Young Professionals Award 'Preparedness 2030'

The German Committee for Disaster Reduction is inviting young professionals to submit their final theses related to the topics of disaster prevention and adaptation to climate change. Application deadline is 01 August 2018.

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Report with the potential role of foresight in integrating DRR and CCA explored

This PLACARD project report explores the potential role of foresight in integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) through an analysis of 20 of the most common foresight methods.

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EEA page on economic losses from climate-related extremes over the period 1980-2016

The indicator on 'economic losses from climate-related extremes' is showing the number of fatalities, and the overall and insured economic losses from climate-related disasters over the period 1980-2016 in EEA member countries.

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Global warming increases the risk of avalanches

The impacts of global warming are felt in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average, affecting both glacierized landscapes and water resources. The repercussions of these changes are manifold; from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity of snow avalanches, according to Swiss research.

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European cities work to address social vulnerability in climate adaptation planning

Climate change impacts do not affect all citizens in the same way. They often cause worse impacts on certain vulnerable groups within cities. The ETC/CCA report: "Social vulnerability to climate change in European cities – state of play in policy and practice" reviews the concepts of social vulnerability, and describes several case studies that attempt to assess vulnerability and include equity in adaptation planning.

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RAMSES project results on impact of research on adaptation to climate change in cities

RAMSES, a five-year EU project concluded in September 2017, research results are summarized in a final report: analysed structural features of cities, and developed tools, such as an innovative urban climate model to be applied to Antwerp, London, and Bilbao.

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Assessing climate change costs in Europe: the innovative approach of the COACCH project

The recent started EU project COACCH, aiming at providing an improved downscaled assessment of the risks and costs of climate change in Europe, brings modelling teams in climate change impact assessment together with stakeholders to co-develop methods and analyses in an innovative research practice.

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Report on forest fire danger extremes in Europe under climate change

In recent years, large forest fires have repeatedly affected Europe, in particular the Mediterranean countries. Fire danger is influenced by weather in the short term, and by climate when considering longer time intervals. In this technical report, the emphasis is on the direct influence on fire danger of weather and climate.

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Agriculture at risk in Italy: the potential impacts of climate change

The impacts of climate change might threaten agricultural productivity and food security in Italy. Those are the results of a study on a detailed dataset of 16,000 farms across Italy.

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Trees' spring awakening is becoming less and less sensitive to altitude differences

In the Swiss Alps the time lag between leafing of trees at high and low altitudes has shortened dramatically since the 1960s, due to climate warming. Researchers analysed more than 20,000 observations recorded in Switzerland.

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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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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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