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  • LIFE project on adaptation in agriculture in Italy launched

    16 Dec 2020

    ADA (ADaptation in Agriculture) is an Italian LIFE Project funded by the EU Commission, aiming at increasing the resilience of the agricultural sector by providing producers and farmers with knowledge and tools to adapt to climate change. Main targets area's are dairy products (Parmigiano Reggiano), wine, fruit and vegetables in Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio regions.

  • Dashboard on insurance protection gap for natural catastrophes

    09 Dec 2020

    The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched its first pilot dashboard, which depicts the insurance protection gap for natural catastrophes. The aim is to represent the drivers of a climate-related insurance protection gap in order to identify measures that will help in decreasing society’s losses in the event of natural catastrophes. EIOPA is also inviting stakeholders to provide their views by 31 March 2021 by filling in a survey.

  • Disaster risks in the EU

    07 Dec 2020

    Climate change is bringing along more extreme weather events. The European Commission presents the latest available evidence on disaster risks, such as floods, wildfires or diseases, that threaten the EU, drawing on the national risk assessments developed by the EU Member States and on the Commission’s cross-sectoral policy and scientific work.

  • Ireland's state of the environment report 2020

    04 Dec 2020

    The Environmental Protection Agency assessed the overall quality of Ireland's environment, the pressures being placed on it and the societal responses to current and emerging environmental issues. Climate, including climate adaptation, is one of the policy areas assessed.

  • Climate change warms groundwater in Bavaria

    01 Dec 2020

    Groundwater reservoirs in Bavaria have warmed considerably over the past few decades. A new study compares temperatures at 35 measuring stations with data from the 1990s. Water found at a depth of 20 metres was almost one degree warmer on average than 30 years ago.

  • Policy Paper: Climate change and the European water dimension - Enhancing resilience

    30 Nov 2020

    This policy paper is the outcome of the conference “Climate change and the European water dimension – Enhancing resilience” and provides recommendations for the European Commission and EU Member States on how to increase water-related climate resilience and initiate the transformational change required to ensure resilience in the future.

  • Action plan for a climate resilient Germany adopted

    30 Nov 2020

    The German Federal Government has adopted the current progress report on the German Adaptation Strategy. In addition to taking stock of past activities, the Government has set priorities for future work. These include better fundamentals for financing climate adaptation. The Federal Environment Ministry will also fund social facilities with up to 150 million euros to address their specific challenges in climate adaptation.

  • Strengthening the climate change scenario framework

    24 Nov 2020

    Over the past decade, the climate change research community developed a scenario framework that combines alternative futures of climate and society to facilitate integrated research and consistent assessment to inform policy. An international team of researchers assessed how well this framework is working and what challenges it faces.

  • Nature is widely ad­ap­ted to current cli­mate – mak­ing it harder to ad­just to a new one

    23 Nov 2020

    To do the right thing at the right time, organisms need to glean cues from their environment. With ongoing climate change, the timing of these cues, like the accumulation of warm days, is rapidly shifting. Researchers have shown that the timing of species’ activity fail to keep up with their cues, and that how quickly activity shifts reflects past evolution.

  • Trees and green roofs can help reduce the urban heat island effect

    18 Nov 2020

    Air pollution experts from the UK modelled which types of green infrastructure can help reduce temperatures in many of Europe's cities and towns. Trees turn out to be the most effective to reduce the urban heat island effect.