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Towards climate-resilient cities and regions Oct 20, 2020 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

Speakers from the European Environment Agency and the Covenant of Mayors will present the status quo of sub-national adaptation to climate change in Europe. A debate with the audience will explore how to secure better adaptation-related knowledge and how to trigger or boost the implementation of adaptive actions.

Climate Change and Water 2021: Extreme Events May 25, 2021 to May 27, 2021 Tours, France,

The second edition of this international conference address the latest developments in research on extreme events, evolution and acceleration of the effects of climate change on the water cycle, understanding extreme weather events and forecasting, adaptation to climate change, management, governance and strategy.

Get involved in EU Missions

Citizens get the opportunity to react to ideas that came out from the citizen engagement deliberative events on the respective Missions that have taken (and still are taking) place over the summer. Therefore, a call runs from 1st September to 14th September 2020. Ideas can be written in English, German and French. The results of the project will be announced on 22 September during the European Research and Innovation Days 2020.

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe and contribute to 13 % of deaths. An integrated approach to environment and health policies is needed to tackle environmental risks, protect the most vulnerable and fully realise the benefits that nature offers in support of health and well-being, according to the EEA.

EEA report 'Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies along the adaptation policy cycle'

This report provides an overview of country developments in terms of strategies and plans for climate change adaptation and their implementation. The report brings together lessons learned on adaptation monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national and European level. It also looks at future directions and opportunities for mutual learning on the evaluation of national and EU-level adaptation strategies and plans, and the implications of emerging reporting requirements from relevant EU policies to improve evaluations at EU level.

Teaming up for Climate Action in the Alps Sep 15, 2020 to Sep 16, 2020 Online,

The Alpine Climate Board invites stakeholders from all fields of work to take part in an online matchmaking workshop. The programme includes keynotes on successful partnerships, interactive workshops, input on tools and methods for online cooperation and an outlook on further steps towards climate-neutral and climate-resilient Alps in 2050.

Climate change in Germany: monitoring report shows far-reaching consequences

The second monitoring report of the German Federal Government shows that the average air temperature in Germany increased by 1.5 degrees between 1881 and 2018. Among other aspects, this has resulted in more health risks due to heat stress, a rise in the average surface temperature of the North Sea and greater fluctuations in agricultural yields.

EU Green Week 2021 May 31, 2021 to Jun 04, 2021 t.b.d.,

More details will follow soon.

European Green Capital and Green Leaf awards

The European Green Capital award (for a city of 100,000+ inhabitants; €600,000) and European Green Leaf Award (for a city of 20,000 to 99,999 inhabitants; €200,000) can be applied for to enhance the cities’ environmental sustainability and to contribute to achieving their sustainability vision.

Summer in the city: green infrastructure to keep urban areas cool

The last five years have been the hottest on record. Temperature records were broken in cities across Czechia, Spain, Germany, France, and Poland. Meanwhile, public health warnings were issued in Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland due to the intense warmth. The team at LIFE Tree Check has come up with several solutions that can help cities across central Europe cope when the heat is on.

UNDRR/ISC publication ‘The hazard definition and classification review’

This United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and International Science Council (ISC) technical report supports the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by providing a common set of hazard definitions.

A new interactive tool for climate action in the Alps

The Alpine Climate Board has set up a website to establish an Alpine climate action community, and facilitate its involvement in the implementation of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 towards climate neutral and climate resilient Alps. The website is built around 30 implementation pathways, i.e. sequences of concrete short- and mid-term measures towards the targets.

11th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Oct 20, 2020 Online,

Around 800 policymakers and political and economic experts will discuss the themes 'sustainability' and 'innovations' for a clean Baltic Sea, tackling climate change, green energy, sustainable transport, and health and well-being, making Baltic Sea region an attractive place to live and work.

Round table on climate change adaptation in Croatia

The Civil Protection Service of Šibenik organized a round table to promote climate change adaptation, to inform operational forces on possible impacts of climate change and to gather ideas on how to improve awareness on climate change adaptation. Representatives of policy makers, academia, fire brigade, police, healthcare, army, nature wardens and civil society attended the meeting.

Nature-Based Solutions: Unlocking Urban Potential Sep 24, 2020 Online,

This virtual NATURVATION conference will generate new insights into how urban nature-based solutions can deliver both local and global sustainability. It will be a mixture of keynote talks, panel discussions and interactive sessions in which participants will share ideas, expertise and practical experience.

Strong Temperature Increase in the Pyrenees

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.

Warming Europe invites dangerous mosquitos

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.

Climate extremes will cause forest changes

The past five years were among the warmest in Central Europe, of which 2018 was the most extreme one. Forests showed severe signs of drought stress, and mortality of trees will continue for several years, with spruce and beech trees as the most affected ones.

Climate change could cause abrupt British vegetation changes

Up to now, climate-driven abrupt shifts in vegetation have been rare in Great Britain. However, the University of Exeter found that even gradual climate change could lead to sudden changes in the amount of vegetation in some parts of Great Britain. Since they found early warning signals as well, there is potential to predict abrupt vegetative shifts. But for now, the model merely illustrates that it could happen.

AgriAdapt webtool for adaptation

Within the AgriAdapt project, supported by the LIFE program of the European Commission, French, Spanish, German and Estonian partners developed an interactive tool to support climate-resilience in the agriculture sector. The tool integrates the experiences of 120 pilot farms working in livestock, arable and permanent crops in four different climatic areas.

Participation processes on climate change adaptation: reflection and recommendations

The study presents an analysis of 22 participation processes on adaptation to climate change in Germany and gives recommendations for improving such processes. The results indicate that the use of visioning methods seems suitable for motivating climate adaptation measures. In order to systematically improve participation procedures, participants surveys assessing their perceptions of the used participation method and its motivational effect should become the standard.

New film about adaptation in Sweden

The film "Adapt to a future climate – examples from municipalities” offers an introduction to how society can be adapted to a changing climate and why it is important. Representatives from several Swedish municipalities present how they have dealt with some of their challenges. The film has been produced by Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation.

Conference Eurosoil 2020/2021 Aug 23, 2021 to Aug 27, 2021 Geneva, Switzerland,

The objective of this conference is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasized during the conference.

Climate Change and the European Water Dimension: Enhancing resilience Nov 04, 2020 to Nov 05, 2020 Berlin, Germany,

In the context of the upcoming German EU Council Presidency, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety organizes a conference which will discuss the need for action on adaptation and on a transformation to climate resilience; explore policy recommendations for EU activities to foster adaptation efforts in Member States and trans-boundary basins, and will provide input for updating the EU adaptation strategy.

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