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Global warming may diminish European plant genetic variety

A team of researchers studied one plant species from various locations in Europe and found that only few of the varieties had enough mutational ability to adapt to heat and drought. Genetic information for most plant species is still lacking, but new methods will enable scientists to make predictions on plant genetic fitness in times of climate change.

Natural ways of cooling cities

Heat reduction strategies vary with the regional climate. Data from 30,000 cities worldwide show that planting trees is not effective everywhere. City planners need to take the local microclimate into account. In a wet tropical climate it makes urban areas more humid: other cooling methods like wind circulation and use of shadow can be used. In desert-like conditions careful planting helps.

Webinar on Climate-ADAPT Urban tools Oct 23, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM webinar,

The aim of this sixth webinar of the European Climate Adaptation platform (Climate-ADAPT), is to improve awareness of the Climate-ADAPT urban knowledge elements and tools, and to promote their use, e.g. for local planning, awareness raising, participatory processes and project formulation.

IPCC released special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate

This special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and, conversely, the escalating costs and risks of delayed action.

Webinar on Climate-ADAPT case studies Jun 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM webinar,

The aim of the fifth webinar of the European Climate Adaptation platform (Climate-ADAPT) is to disseminate the basic features of the Climate-ADAPT case studies: criteria for their identification, structure for their description, development process, and current state of the case study collection. Besides two specific case studies from a developer perspective and a local implementation point of view are going to be presented and the use of the Climate-ADAPT pool of case studies will be promoted, e.g. for: strategic policy process, awareness raising, planning, development of guidelines, design and implementation of similar applications in other locations. Participants will discuss further development of case studies and share potential ways to improve the case study search tool.

Understanding Risk Forum Europe 2019 Nov 27, 2019 09:00 AM to Nov 29, 2019 05:00 PM Bucharest, Romania,

The Understanding Risk (UR) Europe Forum provides a platform for public and private sector, institutions, non-governmental organizations, academia and media and is organizing this 2019 forum to sharing knowledge and best practices on climate change impacts, such as wildfires, droughts and floods in Europe.

Second TeRRIFICA online conference on connecting case studies with future climate action Sep 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM online,

This project (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Fostering Innovative Climate Action) conference will start with expert talks on climate action with a focus on engagement, methodology and institutionalisation aspects. There will be representatives from six European pilot regions that combine co-creation processes with climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Conference: Making Climate Services a reality in Europe Nov 13, 2019 09:00 AM to Nov 14, 2019 05:00 PM Brussels, Belgium,

The Climate-fit.city project is hosting a two-day conference that will bring together 200+ climate researchers, policy-makers, industry experts, as well as city and regional actors to showcase how climate data can serve both cities and business.

Political training academy on climate adaptation Oct 09, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM Brussels, Belgium,

EUROCITIES is organizing this training on climate adaptation during the European Week for Regions and Cities, with the purpose to provide information to local politicians to assist them in their decision-making on issues related to adaptation. The session targets local politicians (Mayors, Deputy Mayors, elected Councillors) from all over Europe.

Heatwaves test the limits of energy and water systems in Europe

Heatwaves are affecting the supply of water, which is essential for cooling power plants and for the production of fuels and hydropower. A Joint Research Centre analysis proposes actions for addressing this kind of problems in EU energy and water policies.

Climate Change Affects Floods in Europe

A large international research has demonstrated for the first time that climate change has an impact on the magnitude of river floods. However, it does not have the same effect on floods everywhere: In northwestern Europe, floods are becoming increasingly severe, in southern and eastern Europe flood magnitudes mostly tend to decrease.

Survey launched on use of the C3S Climate Data Store

The Climate Adaptation Partnership under the Urban Agenda has developed a public survey. This survey has been set up to establish how cities and municipalities can effectively use the climate data made available via the Climate Data Store (CDS) of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) to develop their climate adaptation plans. Based on this survey, training sessions will be set up, tailored to the needs of cities.

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

The IPCC launched on 8 August the Special Report on Climate Change and Land, which assesses interlinkages between climate change effects and desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The Summary for Policy Makers, as well as the full report, are available on the IPCC website.

ClimCards: Alpine climate in your hands

ClimCards, a card game released by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, focuses on achieving different targets for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Alps, through policy or individual actions, while various unexpected events keep occurring. This game is suitable for 3-6 players of 10 years+ and available in English, German, French, Italian and Slovenian.

June 2019 was the warmest June on record both for Europe and the globe

Over most of Europe, the average temperature in June 2019 was higher than the 1981-2010 average for the month and it was particularly warm over parts of central and eastern Europe. Around the middle of the month temperature records were broken in eastern Europe. Western and central Europe experienced a short, but intense heatwave during the last week of the month.

Launch of the new Belgium national web portal on adaptation

To find out information about adaptation to climate change in Belgium, the National Climate Commission has developed a new web portal as part of the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan. The portal aims to provide available information about climate change (observations, scenarios, impacts), adaptation policies, vulnerabilities and adaptation measures in 14 sectors.

Knowledge and management of transnational climate change risks in selected countries

This report is written by the EY project on behalf of the Norwegian Environment Agency, and examines how transnational physical climate change risks are managed in a selection of European countries and in the private sector in general. The report provides input on how public and private actors in Norway can continue their work on transnational climate change risks.

Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into bark beetles; also in view of climate change.

European droughts in 2018: a warning of things to come

A recent Joint Research Centre article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe's 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes.

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