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  • Climate change damaging male fertility of insects

    13 Nov 2018

    Research reveals that heatwaves damage sperm in insects, with negative impacts for fertility across generations. Male infertility during heatwaves could help to explain why climate change is having such an impact on species populations, including climate-related extinctions in recent years.

  • EC welcomes European Parliament adoption of key files of the 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' package

    13 Nov 2018

    New rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union, have been signed off by the European Parliament, with relevance for climate change adaptation in terms of reporting obligations for countries, the Commission and other EU Institutions, as well as for each Member State to consider adaptation in their national energy and climate plans for the period 2021 to 2030.

  • European Commission evaluates its Adaptation Strategy

    12 Nov 2018

    The evaluation shows that the EU Adaptation Strategy has delivered on its objectives, with progress recorded against each of its eight individual actions, such as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the development of the online platform Climate-ADAPT and the climate-proofing of key EU policies.

  • Final report of the PESETA III project released: climate change and the human and economic outlook for Europeans

    12 Nov 2018

    If warming rises more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and no adequate adaptation measures are implemented, Europe is in danger of being exposed to more frequent and intense extreme weather conditions. This result comes from an assessment of the impact of climate change on Europe's economy, society and environment.

  • Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change

    06 Nov 2018

    A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted Finnish study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species.

  • Paper published: Indicators for adaptation to climate change at national level - Lessons from emerging practice in Europe

    01 Nov 2018

    As countries gain more experience in developing and implementing national climate change adaptation strategies and plans, the need for understanding their progress and effects is also increasing, especially through indicators for monitoring and evaluation of adaptation to climate change at national level. This Technical Paper contributes to the evolving knowledge base, and is accompanied by an annex including a database of national adaptation indicator sets from five European countries collected in 2017 and 2018.

  • European Commission approved quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment and climate action under the LIFE programme

    30 Oct 2018

    The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. In the area of climate action, the EU will invest €46.8 million to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and governance and information projects.

  • ECCA 2019: Deadline for abstracts extended

    22 Oct 2018

    The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA, Lisbon 28–31 May 2019) has extended the deadline for abstracts. New closing date: 31 October 2018.

  • Draft guidelines for institutional strengthening in synergies between CCA and DRR

    22 Oct 2018

    The PLACARD work provides guidance on how institutions working on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR), can take advantage of synergies between their networks, their capacities and ensure coherence in order to reduce the impacts of extreme events in the light of a changing climate. This work will be further extended during 2019.

  • New insights in Germany on drought and heat vulnerability

    16 Oct 2018

    Too hot and too dry: the summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase in the future, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial. A German-led research study is providing new insights, which is published in the scientific journal "Nature Communications".