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  • Cities play pivotal roles in shifting to green, sustainable future

    14 Jun 2021

    European cities have the potential to lead the way towards a green, sustainable future, according to two assessments on urban environmental change, published in an European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing. These include tackling the health impacts of the pandemic, dealing with the climate and ecological emergency, and addressing social and economic inequalities.

  • Fifty cities commit to going above and beyond for the environment

    07 Jun 2021

    The European Commission’s Green City Accord has hit a milestone number of cities willing to adopt even more ambitious environmental protection targets. Alba Iulia (Romania), Košice (Slovakia) and Grenoble (France), the European Green Capital 2022, all made their commitment official. These cities join other signatories in setting ambitious targets to tackle pollution, protect nature and biodiversity, and to support the circular economy and local climate adaptation actions.

  • On the road to increased environment and climate capacity in the Turkish health sector

    25 May 2021

    Members of the Turkish Health Collaboration on Climate Change and Environment Project have established the working group Climate Change & Health. With a webinar on heatwaves and health, one of the key climate themes to Turkish health participants was presented. Further webinars and materials will be launched in the next months, including an interdisciplinary briefing.

  • Making Copernicus Climate Change Data easily accessible through the European Climate Data Explorer

    17 May 2021

    The European Climate Data Explorer, developed jointly by the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) and the EEA, provides easy access to climate variables and climate impact indicators from the C3S Climate Data Store. It also enables zooming in on maps to focus on smaller regions of interest; it includes time series for specific regions, and users can export images and data. This new tool is intended to support European countries to develop and implement their national, subnational and local climate adaptation strategies. It will be expanded in the future with further indices, new data sources and additional functionalities.

  • Advising communities and decision makers to adapt to increased temperatures now and in the future

    05 May 2021

    The World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe has launched its 2021 #KeepCool campaign, helping advise communities and decision-makers on ways to stay healthy in the heat and adapt for increased temperatures in the future.

  • Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provides information on climate change and health

    28 Apr 2021

    The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) provides information about the health effects of a changing climate, measures to combat climate change and measures to limit the effects of climate change. Moreover RIVM outlines policy options and makes data and instruments available to help governments with integrated assessments regarding climate, health and environmental policies.

  • German adaptation project on heat stress in cities extended

    21 Apr 2021

    The “HeatResilientCity” project, investigating since 2017 on how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to heat, has been extended by two years by the German Federal Environment Ministry. In the second phase of the project, the plan is to familiarize practitioners with the subject of heat adaptation in urban districts, to form new networks and to jointly develop suitable tools and decision-making aids for urban and open space planning.

  • German magazine sheds light on heat action plans

    19 Apr 2021

    Three articles in the April 2021 issue of the magazine "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst" deal with heat action plans (HAPs). In their articles, the authors discuss the effectiveness of heat action plans in Europe, shed light on the state of health care in Germany and give recommendations for the development of HAPs: action needed in terms of heat prevention.

  • Nature-based solutions should play an increased role in tackling climate change

    15 Apr 2021

    Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can societies help to adapt on climate change, reduce its impacts, and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a new European Environment Agency report.

  • New project on the spreading of disease in conjunction with climate change

    07 Jan 2021

    Researchers are currently studying the consequences of climate change for the spreading of different types of diseases in Europe. The main areas of focus are the spreading of disease by the tiger mosquito, borrelia carried by ticks, and the seasonal patterns of COVID-19.