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  • Course: How to facilitate effective meetings on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

    19 May 2020

    'Participate!' is a free interactive online training module to support the design of effective science, policy and practice events. The course focuses on participatory meetings such as workshops, conferences and training courses for the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction communities.

  • PLACARD policy brief on adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging CCA and DRR in the European Green Deal

    18 May 2020

    This policy brief presents key insights from the EU PLACARD project for bridging Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), highlighting three areas for action to improve cooperation, and provide recommendations for the European Green Deal.

  • Strong Temperature Increase in the Pyrenees

    15 May 2020

    The climate of the Pyrenees has undergone significant change over the last hundred years, with a progressive rise in temperature, variations in the precipitation regime and an increase in the frequency of extreme events, which are reflected in the sharp retreat of ice masses and glaciers, modifications in snow cover and changes in ecosystems.

  • Climate Change and Safety of Installations: Contributions to the UN / OECD Natural Hazard Triggered Technological Accidents Project

    15 May 2020

    This report summarizes the work results of the activities undertaken to support the UN/OECD Natech (Natural Hazard Triggered Technical Accidents) II project. It includes description of the record of good practice examples in Natech risk management as well as recommendations generated at the UN/OECD Natech II workshop.

  • Launch of Open Public Consultation for the design of the new EU Adaptation Strategy

    14 May 2020

    The European Commission announced in the European Green Deal the adoption of a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. The Directorate-General for Climate Action launched on 14 May 2020 an open public consultation for its work on the new Strategy. A broad range of stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, NGOs, academia, national, regional and local authorities, are invited to provide inputs until 20 August 2020.

  • Warming Europe invites dangerous mosquitos

    13 May 2020

    As Europe warms up, it will become a more suitable home for one of the world’s most potent virus spreaders – the Asian tiger mosquito. This creature thrives at summer temperatures of 20–25°C, and survives the winter if January temperatures stay above 3°C. So as the world heats up, we will see them travelling north and south to find more comfortable conditions.

  • JRC study: Coastal adaptation against sea level rise makes economic sense

    05 May 2020

    Coastal zones in Europe contain large human populations, significant socio-economic activities and assets, and fragile ecosystems. Coastal communities will face increasing risk of floods as climate change could cause extreme sea levels to rise with one meter or more by 2100. Coastal adaptation, however, could prevent 95% of the projected economic losses.

  • More forest fires in the Alps due to climate change

    23 Apr 2020

    Climate change can lead to an increased number of severe forest fires in the Alpine region, resulting in the destruction of alpine protection forests and recreational areas, a rapid increase of natural hazard risk, and enormous costs for fire suppression. Concrete recommendations for policy makers help them to implement an integrated forest fire management.

  • European State of the Climate 2019

    23 Apr 2020

    The European State of the Climate (ESOTC) 2019 comprises a summary with key findings, and chapters about the climate in Europe, ranging from long-term indicators to detailed reviews of climate anomalies last year. The ESOTC is compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission.

  • Using stories to encourage action

    21 Apr 2020

    A strand of work from the EU PLACARD project focused on using stories and narratives in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Through a series of workshops and discussions, the project developed material to explain the value of storytelling, and guidance on how to create motivating narratives for your own situation and audience.