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Green space in European cities is key to well-being – but access varies
High-quality green and blue spaces in cities, like parks, riverbanks and coastlines, are crucial for health and well-being, in particular for the elderly, children and people on low incomes. A European Environment Agency briefing shows that access is not equal, and that cities in the north and west of Europe tend to have more green space than cities in southern and eastern Europe.
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Cities under pressure in changing climate
Experts highlight the challenge cities face to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase cities' resilience to extreme weather and also give people quality space to live in.
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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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Trees with grassy areas soften summer heat
Trees cool their environment and "heat islands" in large cities benefit from it. However, the degree of cooling depends greatly on the tree species and the local conditions. In a German study two species of urban trees were compared.
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High levels of air pollution increase health risk linked to high temperatures in Europe
The report from the EU project EXHAUSTION: “Interactive Effects of High Temperature and Air Pollution in Europe” summarizes the evidence from analyses on the interactive effects of high temperature and various air pollutants on heart and lung related death and diseases. The findings highlight the urgency in improving air quality across Europe, and for policymakers that climate change adaptation measures need to be also taken into account to protect vulnerable subgroups.
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