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Marine heatwaves are human made

Heatwaves in the world’s oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence on the climate. This is what researchers from the Oeschger Centre for Climate Research at the University of Bern are now able to prove. Ambitious climate goals are the only way to prevent the irreversible loss of some of the most valuable marine ecosystems.

Horizon 2020 projects added on Climate-ADAPT

Three ongoing and four recently finalized Horizon 2020 projects have been added to Climate-ADAPT’s catalogue of highlighted Research and Innovation Projects. The recently published projects include: CASCADES, CLARITY, ClimeFish, NAIAD, SOCLIMPACT, ThinkNature, and URBAN GreenUp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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