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New brochure to further climate-neutral and resilient living in the Alps

The Alpine Climate Board of the Alpine Convention released a new brochure, “Closing the gap on climate action”. The publication showcases Alpine initiatives that build new “rope teams” to support climate-neutral and resilient living in the Alps. It presents concrete, Alpine-specific good practice examples for climate action in four areas (mobility, consumption, buildings, and culture).

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Climate change threatens the Norwegian food system

Global crises will increasingly affect all parts of Norway's food system towards 2050, according to a report authored by the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research and published by the Norwegian Environment Agency in August 2022. The report, which examines how climate change nationally and globally impacts Norwegian food production and food value chains, finds that altered yields in Norway and climate change impacts in other countries will affect Norwegian food security.

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Interactive Climate Atlas for the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany launched

The Environment Agency of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia published an online Climate Atlas (Klimaatlas Nordrhein-Westfalen). It includes maps, interactive functionalities to browse and download data, as well as indicators on climate change and climate change impacts at the sub-national level. The publication of the online atlas supports the implementation of the Climate Adaptation Law in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Essential research findings to support decision-making in a critical decade

The “10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 Report” emphasizes and unpacks the complex interactions between climate change and other drivers of risk, such as conflicts, pandemics, food crises and underlying development challenges. This report responds to clear calls for policy guidance during this climate-critical decade. There is an urgent need for adaptive responses in order to avert and minimize further losses and damages.

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Nordic Perspectives on Transboundary Climate Risk- a policy brief of the Nordic Council of Ministers

A policy brief and a study ‘Nordic Perspectives on Transboundary Climate Risk’ of the Nordic Council of Ministers show how floods and forest fires and other climate change impacts cascade over borders, resulting for example in higher prices or disturbances in supplies of food commodities. The report makes recommendations on how Nordics can better address those risks together.

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Europe's heatwaves: How to keep buildings cool sustainably?

The European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing ‘Cooling buildings sustainably in Europe’ analyses how to best alleviate heat stress in buildings and its potential impacts on vulnerable groups, health and inequalities and at same time decrease the energy use. The frequent heatwaves and increasing vulnerability of the population will lead to a substantial increase in adverse health impacts in Europe unless adaptation measures are taken.

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Adaptation Gap Report 2022 - UNEP

United Nations Environment Program’s Adaptation Gap Report 2022: 'Too Little, Too Slow – Climate adaptation failure puts world at risk' finds that the world must urgently increase efforts to adapt to these impacts of climate change. The report looks at global progress in planning, financing and implementing adaptation actions.

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Creative Commons Partners with SPARC and Electronic Information for Libraries to launch a 4-Year Open Climate Campaign

To make open sharing of research outputs the norm in climate science, Creative Commons, SPARC and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) launched a 4-year Open Climate Campaign. The climate campaign will go beyond just sharing climate and biodiversity knowledge, to expand the inclusive, just and equitable knowledge policies and practices that enable better sharing.

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LIFE LUNGS: Towards a more resilient Lisbon UrbaN Green InfraStructure as an adaptation to climate change

The LIFE LUNGS project, co-financed by the EU and Municipality of Lisbon, aims to make the city more resilient to rising temperatures, and adapt to the effects of heat waves and water scarcity. This needs to be done in line with the climate policies adopted by the municipality and through the implementation of urban green infrastructure. A key measure is to increase tree coverage density along Lisbon's urban green infrastructure by planting of 240,000 trees and shrubs in the green spaces of the city.

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European Parliament supports local leaders' call for a stronger role of cities and regions in global climate negotiations

The European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions join forces ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) calling on Member States to raise climate actions. The European Parliament COP27 resolution recognizes the urgent need for multilevel and cooperative action and the involvement of local and regional authorities in the implementation of the Paris agreement, it supports locally-led approaches towards adaptation and biodiversity protection, calls for mandatory adaptation and climate vulnerability tests at local level and stresses the need for better channeling financial resources to the local level.

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