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Response of Urban Heat Stress to Heat Waves in Athens (1960–2017)

The publication focuses on a vulnerable area of the eastern Mediterranean, which is characterized as a ‘hot spot’ with respect to heat-related risk and investigates the change in heat stress levels during heat wave compared to non-heat wave conditions as well as the way that heat stress levels respond to heat waves in urban, compared to non-urban environments. Results show a robust intensification of nighttime heat stress conditions in urban, compared to non-urban, sites during severe heat waves. Nevertheless, severe heat waves almost equalize heat stress conditions between urban and non-urban sites during midday.

Heat-related mortality during hot summers in Polish cities

The 2003 and 2010 heat waves hit large parts of Europe and caused tens of thousands of fatalities. Mortality increases during smaller scale heat waves as well, which was the conclusion of this study on additional mortality during heat waves in the 10 most populous cities in Poland. Four heat waves were studied: the hot summers of 1992, 1994, 2006, and 2010.

Supporting Safer Housing Reconstruction After Disasters.

These guidelines, aimed at decision makers and implementers across four main stakeholder groups (government, assistance agencies, the built environment sector, and disaster-affected communities), aim to increase the level of knowledge about technical assistance and operationalise its implementation, so that the reconstruction of housing in disaster-affected communities results in safer and more resilient housing. The project has resulted in a document in two parts, Part A and Part B

Nature-based Solutions – Policy Platform

This global policy platform for climate change adaptation was created with an aim to make climate change adaptation planning across the globe openly available and easy to use. The platform showcases adaptation plans in the climate pledges of all signatories of the Paris Agreement of UNFCCC

Ranking European capitals by exposure to heat waves and cold waves

This research proposes a procedure to rank European capitals by exposure to heat waves and cold Waves, based on the Heat Wave Magnitude Index daily and its cold wave counterpart, computed using EURO-CORDEX ensemble predictions under the RCP 8.5 scenario. The authors also developed the MetroHeat web tool, which provides an open data climate service for visualising and interacting with extreme temperature indices and heat wave indicators for European capitals, derived from the climate projections of EURO-CORDEX. This web tool aims to foster multidisciplinary research and cooperation, as well as to contribute to the effective communication of the complex issue of climate change.

Outsmart climate change: work with nature! Enhancing the Mediterranean’s climate resilience through Nature-based Solutions

While climate change is becoming more and more of a concrete reality, impacting people and places throughout the Mediterranean region, a broad range of Nature-based Solutions are available to enhance society’s resilience in this new, dynamic and highly challenging context. Nature-based Solutions to enhance climate resilience are pragmatic solutions building on the services and resources provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, which are more sustainable, robust and often more cost-efficient than conventional man-made solutions alone

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