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Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists unravelled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest.

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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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PYRADAPT 2017: meeting and exchange on how the Pyrenees can adapt to the impacts of climate change

The international colloquium PYRADAPT 2017 held in November in France, brought together 200 experts on climate change in mountain areas where topics on climate change impacts were discussed, such as the disappearance of 50% of the Pyrenees glaciers in the last 40 years.

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Report published on the state of knowledge on climate change impacts for Ireland

Ireland’s changing climate is projected to result in wide ranging economic and societal impacts. This report explains the impacts for Irish decision makers.

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Forests facing climate change: the case study of Southern Europe

Chestnut, the birch, the spruce could disappear on the most part of their historical European distribution. Beech, fir, larch, Scots pine, English and Sessile Oaks could experience negative impacts, partially compensated by suitability gain for others, according to research study covering territories of 18 European countries.

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Restoring floodplains and wetlands offer value-for-money solution to river flooding

Investing in ‘green infrastructure’ like restoring floodplains or wetlands to bolster flood prevention generates more environmental and socio-economic benefits, and lowers the amount of financial investment needed to defend against damaging floods, according to an EEA report.

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The Walloon ‘Adapt your city’ approach

The Walloon region has developed a tool to help cities and municipalities to evaluate their vulnerability and to take actions to adapt to climate change impacts on their territory.

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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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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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