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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.

Climate Change and Water 2021: Extreme Events May 24, 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Climate Thursdays: new webinar series on climate services & innovation, initiated by the CLARA project Jun 25, 2020 to Jul 09, 2020 online,

The EU CLARA project in collaboration with Climateurope and other climate projects, have designed a webinar series on climate services and climate-related innovations, taking place as side events to Climateurope webstivals over the Summer 2020. The first event will take place on 25 June and is about 'Climate services for water resource management'; the 2nd: 'Ex-ante impact assessment of the new EU Adaptation Strategy' on 2 June; and the third one will take place on 9 July with the subject: 'Climate services in my region'.

PLACARD project finished: more coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Learning to deal with extremes: climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction communities can share experiences and knowledge for better collaboration and coherence. That is what the PLACARD platform did in the past years. Being confronted with the COVID-19 extreme, the project succeeded in adapting our final conference to an online version. The materials are accessible on the website and can further play a role in on-going dialogues.

Webinar: Ex-ante impact assessment of the new EU Adaptation Strategy Jul 02, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM online,

The European Commission is undertaking an impact assessment for the new EU Adaptation Strategy. During this webinar an overview will be given of the impact assessment, and of the interim results of the open public consultation. A discussion will be held with a panel of experts.

EU Blue Economy Report 2020

The European Commission presents an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. It includes a chapter on the impact of climate change on the ocean. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health.

Climateurope Festival 2020 will be held virtually

The third Climateurope festival, 'Climate Information at Your Service', is reorganized towards a series of web-festivals, named 'webstivals'. Each webstival will be a virtual meeting lasting 3-4 hours on a single day, with multiple webstival events planned over the course of summer and autumn 2020. The boosted dialogue between science and society will support Climate Services on European and national levels.

PESETA IV project report on climate change in Europe

The fourth study of the Projection of Economic impact of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on bottom-up Analysis (PESETA) aims to better understand the effects of climate change in Europe, for a number of climate change impacts and sectors, and how these effects could be avoided with mitigation and adaptation policies.

Consultation of local authorities on climate adaptation challenges

Today more than ever, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) sees how human health, economy and climate change are strictly related. Despite the challenging times, they would like to consult you on the topic of Adaptation to climate change, in preparation for the contribution of the CoR to the future EU Adaptation Strategy.

EEA story maps on projected climate change impacts

Recently published maps presenting a story about how Europe might be affected by key climate hazards such as droughts, floods, forest fires and sea level rise during the 21st century. These maps are based on different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and climate models published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

REGREEN accelerates transition towards green, healthy and equitable cities

The 4-year Horizon 2020 project, REGREEN, was launched in September 2019. The project focuses on present and near-future challenges that cities are faced with, such as climate change impacts (flooding, heat islands), air pollution, and biodiversity decline, and how Nature-based Solutions can address these challenges in new ways.

New climate risk assessment tools launched by Oasis H2020_Insurance

Models, tools and services developed in case studies of the EU project 'Oasis H2020_Insurance' are made available on the oasishub.co website. The project also resulted in the launch of films and webinars discussing new climate risk tools for flooding, wildfire, smallholder agriculture, typhoons and climate & health.

Making sense of climate scenarios: new toolkit available for decision makers

To make climate scenarios work for decision makers, an international team of researchers has developed a comprehensive interactive online platform. The SENSES platform is the first of its kind to provide the tools to use scenarios, ranging from climate impacts to mitigation and energy options to a broader public beyond science.

JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference 2020 Nov 11, 2020 to Nov 12, 2020 Brussels, Belgium,

On the backdrop of the EU green deal and the Urban Agenda for the EU, Europe is now working on an ambitious strategy to become the first climate-neutral continent. To reach this ambitious goal, urban transformations play a crucial role. Without getting neighbourhoods, towns, municipalities, cities and urban areas right, a great number of efforts will be lost.

Climate communication conference: listening, storytelling, networking Jun 30, 2020 to Jul 01, 2020 Online,

The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (ALPACA) organizes an online conference in which participants can expect inputs on political framing, psychology and communication, interactive workshops with practical examples, networking opportunities and inspiring short videos.

Project conference on Bridging the gap for innovations in disaster resilience Jun 25, 2020 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

The final conference of the H2020 project BRIGAID - Bridging The Gap For Innovations In Disaster Resilience - is about reducing the impact of climate related disasters such as extreme weather, drought and floods. You will learn about the tools and methods that are now available to support innovations and attend the first public presentation of the follow-up initiative “BRIGAID Connect”.

The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision makers Sep 02, 2020 to Sep 04, 2020 Marseille, France,

The Mediterranean initiatives MISTRALS, MedECC and Plan Bleu will hold an international conference to strengthen the dialogue between Mediterranean decision makers and scientists about evolution of the Mediterranean climate in the 21st century, and its impacts on the environment, extreme events, water resources management and amplification of droughts, loss of biodiversity, amongst others.

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