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  • Nature-Based Solutions for climate change adaptation in buildings: Concepts and pilot solutions for Portugal and Spain

    30 Aug 2022

    In the Open Access Journal 'Urban Green Spaces' the chapter 'Nature-based solutions: prototypes and pilot solutions in the study areas' provides information on the prototypes developed by the EU LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project in order to contribute to improving resilience in scholar and social buildings by the use of autochthonous vegetation. These NbS prototypes (building adaptation) are applied on walls, roofs, playgrounds, and exterior surfaces of three pilot buildings in Portugal and Badajoz (Spain).

  • Estimation of costs resulting from climate change in Germany

    24 Aug 2022

    A recently published study estimates the costs in Germany of the exceptionally hot and dry summers of 2018 and 2019 and the floods, in particular on the Ahr and Erft rivers, in 2021. The research, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) shows that tangible losses resulting from extreme weather events amount to at least 80 billion euros since 2018.

  • Taking Nature-based Solutions up the policy ladder - from research to policy action, a knowledge brief

    18 Aug 2022

    The knowledge brief, prepared by the EU funded NetworkNature project, aims to disentangle the complexities associated with the integration of research and policy with respect to Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The brief provides an overview of the NbS knowledge gaps regarding climate adaptation and mitigation measures in restoring ecosystems. This can support policy makers in better understanding the research needs which can strengthen the implementation of NbS.

  • Nature-based Solutions for climate adaptation measures to be implemented at Katowice Airport, Poland

    17 Aug 2022

    One year after the start of the LIFE Archiclima project, aiming at effectively supporting property managers and owners in building resilience to the threatening effects of climate change, the project plans to convert up to around 2000 m2 of impervious paved surfaces into lawns and rain gardens located directly in front of passenger terminals of the Katowice Airport. The applied Nature-based Solutions are intended to reduce the temperature during the increasingly frequent heat waves and increase the safety of the facility and its users in the event of heavy rains and the risk of flash floods.

  • Brochure about Impact of Natural Hazards on Hazardous Installations

    17 Aug 2022

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure aiming to raise awareness and listing the work and resources of international organisations which support the understanding of Natural Hazards at Hazardous Installations (Natech) risks. The brochure is intended for a broad audience, including industry, public authorities and practitioners involved in industrial safety and civil protection.

  • New climate change country profiles show key health risks and priority areas for action in European Region

    17 Aug 2022

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have launched the Health and Climate Change Country Profiles to give an overview of critical areas for action to combat these threats, and to provide links to available resources. Developed in collaboration with national health services, they summarize evidence of the climate hazards and health risks facing countries.

  • WMO State of the Global Climate in 2021 report: four key climate change indicators break records

    16 Aug 2022

    Four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this is another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean, and in the atmosphere, with harmful and long-lasting ramifications for sustainable development and ecosystems. Western Europe experienced some of its most severe flooding on record in mid-July associated with large economic losses in Germany.

  • Publication on transformational approach for climate adaptation

    16 Aug 2022

    A publication from the Climate Adaptation Services (CAS) Foundation and Wageningen Environmental Research, published in the Journal Frontiers in Climate, informs about options to extend climate services to support policy makers in developing transformational adaptation strategies. Transformational adaptation strategies aim to address the underlying causes of climate risks through broader development pathways.

  • Bonn Climate Change Conference 2022 negotiation outcomes on climate action

    16 Aug 2022

    During the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies Bonn Climate Change Conference held in June 2022, all Parties to the UNFCCC came together to make progress on technical issues regarding both mitigation and adaptation, and prepared decisions for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in November 2022.

  • Heat in the inner city: a plea in Germany for more trees and shade

    15 Aug 2022

    Climate change is resulting in an increasing number of hot summer days in Germany. A recent study by the German Environment Agency (UBA) has systematically investigated how cooler temperatures can be realised in inner-city neighbourhoods. Much more green, in particular new trees, more shading as well as roof and façade greening can keep temperatures down in the buildings.