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Map viewer on availability of urban green spaces to vulnerable groups

The European Climate and Health Observatory now includes a map viewer visualizing the availability of urban green spaces to vulnerable groups. The viewer allows to explore the availability of urban green to the elderly and to unemployed people as well as around schools and hospitals.

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Experts met in Athens to take action on climate change adaptation and urban resilience

Cities and regions across Europe are working hard to foster resilience and adaptation, and are eager to exchange knowledge and experiences related to these efforts. The 9th edition of the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) took place in Athens, Greece, from 14 to 15 September gathering city representatives, experts, and stakeholders working at the forefront of climate adaptation, urban resilience, and disaster risk management.

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EEA launches new report on climate and health

On 9 November, EEA will launch its new report ‘Climate change as a threat to health and well-being in Europe: focus on heat and infectious diseases’. During the online launch event, EEA and the European Commission will discuss the report’s key findings, solutions to minimise the climate-related health threats, and insights into related EU policy responses. Participants can discuss actions to minimise health threats through more resilient health systems.

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EU research contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group II on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability: providing solutions, enabling resilient development - brochure

The brochure on the “European Union research contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group II on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability: providing solutions, enabling resilient development”, puts a spotlight on the contribution of EU-funded projects to pushing the boundaries of world-class adaptation science as a key ingredient towards climate resilient development and just transition for all.

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More regions and local authorities join the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change

One hundred more regions and local authorities sign the Charter of the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change in support of the goals of the European Green Deal and the EU Climate Adaptation Strategy. The total number of signatories to the Mission Charter now stands at 215 from 24 Member States: declaring their willingness to cooperate, mobilise resources and develop activities to reach their adaptation goals.

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2022 European Aviation Environmental Report

The aim of the 2022 European Aviation Environmental Report is to provide information on the environmental performance of the aviation sector at the European level. It also reports on policies and actions put in place to adapt to climate change and build resilience by integrating climate change considerations into planning processes and future investments in the aviation sector.

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European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.

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Designing climate resilient landscapes: State of the art projects in Europe

This publication, published as one contribution to the Czech Presidency of the European Union, brings some of the best practice-oriented projects together currently being implemented in Europe in the field of climate change adaptation. They cover a range of measures from water retention in the landscape, soil restoration, increasing forest resilience, and restoring ecosystem services.

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The citadel in Copenhagen can now cope with a 1,000-year rainfall

The Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other ministries, agencies and organisations have published a new case study on urban climate adaptation in Copenhagen. Seven cast-iron manhole covers on the ground are the only sign of extensive and very complex flood protection for the Citadel in Østerbro, Copenhagen. The fortification is a listed ancient monument. In recent years, the Citadel has been exposed to several torrential flood events following cloudbursts. Following major underground work, the Danish Defence Estates and Infrastructure Organisation has now secured the Citadel against a 1,000-year rainfall event.

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Øresund Bridge now set to resist a 10,000-year storm surge

The Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other ministries, agencies and organisations have published a new case study on the Øresund bridge. The Øresundsbro Konsortiet is protecting the four-kilometre-long tunnel against storm surges. When the current projects have been completed in 2025, the tunnel part of the Øresund link will be able to withstand a 10,000-year storm surge, projected up to 2050. The current infrastructure projects involve building new dikes and a concrete wall for flood protection.

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