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  • European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022

    08 Jun 2022

    On 31 May 2022, the LIFE Programme announced the five winners of the annual LIFE Awards at a ceremony held during EU Green Week. The LIFE Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: nature protection, environment and climate action. The LIFE VinEcoS (Optimizing Ecosystem Services in Viniculture facing Climate Change) project became the winner for climate action.

  • Call for cities: Apply to receive tailored support to advance on adaptation action

    08 Jun 2022

    The Policy Support Facility is a new initiative launched by the European Commission under the Covenant of Mayors – Europe, to help local and regional authorities implement adaptation strategies. Forty local and regional authorities from 12 EU Member States have the opportunity to receive tailored support from experts to advance on adaptation action. They are invited to submit an application by 21 June 2022.

  • WHO #KeepCool campaign for 2022: preparing for a warm and dry summer in Europe

    24 May 2022

    WHO/Europe launched its annual #KeepCool campaign, during the European Public Health Week (16 - 20 May 2022), to remind all people that in periods of hot weather it is essential to take measures to keep cool in order to avoid negative health effects.

  • Commission proposes Energy Performance of Buildings Directive with mandatory adaptation provisions

    24 May 2022

    A proposal for the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive adopted by the European Commission in December 2021 includes several provisions on adaptation and climate resilience.

  • IPCC report: ‘Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change’ - Summary for Policymakers

    24 May 2022

    The Summary for Policymakers (released on 4 April 2022) presents the key findings of the Working Group III Report, as a contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC. The Working Group III Report provides an updated global assessment of progress in climate change mitigation and related pledges, and examines the sources of global emissions. A new chapter on innovation, technology development and transfer, can contribute to and achieve both mitigation and adaptation targets, along with broader sustainable development goals.

  • High levels of air pollution increase health risk linked to high temperatures in Europe

    24 May 2022

    The report from the EU project EXHAUSTION: “Interactive Effects of High Temperature and Air Pollution in Europe” summarizes the evidence from analyses on the interactive effects of high temperature and various air pollutants on heart and lung related death and diseases. The findings highlight the urgency in improving air quality across Europe, and for policymakers that climate change adaptation measures need to be also taken into account to protect vulnerable subgroups.

  • New Global Drought Observatory report published

    24 May 2022

    The recently published Global Drought Observatory (GDO) report analyses the impacts of the severe drought that has been affecting large areas of Europe and provides forecasts for the upcoming months.

  • New calls for Mission on adaptation published

    20 May 2022

    Under the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, six new calls will contribute to the implementation of the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change. The calls will close on 27 September 2022.

  • New health related information published on the European Climate and Health Observatory

    20 May 2022

    In the first months of 2022 new climate and health materials - such as an analysis on key climate impacts on human health in national policy documents; European health policies and activities; evidence review of the climate change impacts on mental health, and updated indicators on health - were published in the Observatory webpage.

  • Green Deal: New LIFE call for proposal offers fresh funding for adaptation projects

    18 May 2022

    On 17 May 2022, the European Commission published this year’s calls for proposals under the LIFE programme, opening a new application round for funding. Altogether, just under €600 million is available for nature conservation, environmental protection, climate action, and clean energy transition projects. Depending on the type of projects, the deadline to apply is either 8 September or 4 October 2022.