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European launch of the 2021 Lancet Countdown Report Dec 02, 2021 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM Online,

The findings of the 2021 Lancet Countdown report for Europe will be presented during this webinar, where policy makers and researchers exchange their views with the speakers on how to prevent the effects of climate change on public health.

Post COP26 reflections and opportunities: climate adaptation agenda in cities and nature-based economy Dec 07, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM Online,

A few weeks after the end of COP26, this webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the perspectives and opportunities of NBS in cities. What will be the place of NBS in the climate adaptation agenda of cities in the near future? How to finance NBS and what is the place of nature-based enterprises in this economy? Guest speakers will first give presentations to reflect on these topics, followed by a panel discussion.

Glasgow Climate Pact: COP26 agreement reached, including scaling up adaptation

At the COP26, held in Glasgow, climate adaptation was the object of particular emphasis. The Glasgow Climate Pact emphasizes the need to scale up adaptation action to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in line with the best available science and urges Parties to further integrate adaptation into local, national and regional planning

European Environment Agency report released: 'Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe'

As extreme weather events and other climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe, solid information is needed for assessing climate risks and planning for adaptation. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new interactive report gives an overview of past and projected changes in Europe’s most important climate hazards and how they impact European regions. It is especially valuable for policymakers and experts concerned with climate risk assessment and adaptation planning. The report relies strongly on the European Climate Data Explorer (published on Climate-ADAPT), which was developed jointly with the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

EU Climate Pact Newsletter with more customised content

The EU Climate Pact mobilises citizens to engage in implementing EU Climate objectives including on adaptation. With its new issue, EU Climate Pact Newsletter offers directly dedicated sections on ambassadors, pledges, and to better support people and organisations, by featuring as many concrete actions and projects as possible.

LIFE Heatland online workshop: urban heat island and noise Nov 17, 2021 from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM Online,

The team behind LIFE Heatland is holding an online workshop, ‘Urban heat island and noise – our not so invisible enemies,’ on 17 November 2021. LIFE Heatland seeks to improve urban adaptation to the consequences of climate change. The team is looking to reduce the urban heat island effect by developing new pavements with less solar storage than conventional ones.

The European Investment Bank and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts agree to leverage Copernicus for smart climate adaptation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out a framework for cooperation on the enhanced use of Copernicus Earth observation data. As part of the Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025, the EIB committed to substantially increase climate adaptation efforts and ensure that all the operations it supports, are adapted to current weather variability and future climate change impacts. The new cooperation agreement with ECMWF will support it in achieving these objectives.

European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) General Assembly Mar 08, 2022 to Mar 09, 2022 Online and Brussels, Belgium,

The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) celebrates its 10 year anniversary and will host the fourth General Assembly on 8-9 March 2022 in Brussels. The theme will be extreme events, climate change, and how the risks coming with them can be understood by science, communicated between scientists and decision-makers; in order to manage the risk.

COP26- Generating a pipeline of climate adaptation projects: Directing finance towards climate resilience Nov 11, 2021 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

This virtual event, organised by The European Investment Bank in collaboration with the European Court of Auditors, focuses on the challenge of generating a pipeline of climate adaptation projects in the European Union (EU). The event examines the role of advisory services in this challenge and explores opportunities to work with EU member states, cities and regions on translating adaptation plans and strategies into bankable adaptation projects.

COP26 – Special Session: High Impact Climate Solutions Nov 10, 2021 from 05:45 PM to 06:45 PM Online and Glasgow, UK,

This event will showcase how top profitable climate solutions contribute to the climate objectives of COP21, and engage the conversation with institutions to accelerate their implementation. Following an introduction by the European Investment Bank’s Director, General Chris Hurst, and Bertrand Piccard on the Solar Impulse Foundation’s side, there will be a showcase of a series of high-impact solutions across various sectors, followed by two rounds of panel discussions.

Outcome of online engagement with citizens from Spain

On 28 July 2020, 50 participants from Spain took part in a digital citizen engagement event on the European Union Mission on “Adaptation to climate change” Participants were selected randomly from different gender, age and employment situation groups to ensure a variety of views.

Joint Research Centre report on forest fires: climate change is more noticeable every year

After the worst-ever year in 2019, 2020 was another year in which fires burnt large areas of natural land in Europe. Despite the increased level of preparedness in EU countries, about 340,000 hectares (ha) burnt in the EU in 2020. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission presented the 21th edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, covering 2020.

Water stress is a major and growing concern in Europe

The European Environment Agency's report: ‘Water resources across Europe - confronting water stress: an updated assessment’, presents the current state of water stress in Europe with the aim to put focus on managing water availability risks under the impacts of a changing climate. Climate change is expected to make problems worse, as droughts are increasing in frequency, magnitude and impact. Europe needs to strengthen the resilience of its ecosystems and use water more efficiently.

Outcomes of panel discussion on climate change

On 21 of September 2021 the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) organized a high-level panel discussion on “Climate Change: the rapidly increasing challenge for the Mediterranean” providing an opportunity for actors to voice clear messages on how the Mediterranean countries are prepared to better address the looming challenge.

Climate policy: ranking of German cities

The Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung and the University of Potsdam explored the climate mitigation and adaptation activities of 104 big and medium-sized German cities. The ranking shows that bigger cities are more active in terms of climate change measurements. In addition, the commitment of cities concerning climate mitigation actions amplifies their activities in the fields of climate adaptation.

Greece’ s climate projections online available

The EU funded LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project has produced new climate projections for Greece to further boost mainstreaming of adaptation across policies and projects. High resolution GIS maps for 22 climate indices have been produced for three greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and for two future periods (2031-2060, 2071-2100). The maps are accessible through the GIS Mapsportal of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy.

Smarter, faster and systemic: Accelerating adaptation for a climate-resilient tomorrow Nov 09, 2021 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM Online and Glasgow, UK,

This event addresses the need for smarter, faster and systemic climate change adaptation. It convenes leaders and practitioners to discuss solutions for key obstacles hindering adaptation action. A high-level launch will highlight adaptation ambition in developed and developing country contexts. A panel discussion will follow, focusing on accelerating adaptation action.

Adaptation Gap Report 2021

The sixth edition of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Adaptation Gap Report: 'The Gathering Storm' looks at how Europe and the entire world is doing in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The report finds that there is an urgent need to step up climate adaptation finance.

Climate Impact and Risk Assessment 2021 for Germany

The German "Climate Impact and Risk Assessment for Germany" (KWRA) was undertaken by 25 federal authorities under the lead of the Federal Environment Agency and on behalf of the Federal German Government. 102 Climate impacts and 13 fields of action were investigated and assessed. This summary report presents the contents of the six sub-reports for all fields of action, next to the main contents of the integrated assessment; an overall consideration of climate risks without and with adaptation; the spatial patterns and the urgent needs for action, as well as the need for further research.

Participatory workshop on the climate service for the wine sector Dec 13, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM Online,

The H2020 funded MED-GOLD project aims to make European agriculture more resilient to climate change by developing climate services for three key Mediterranean crops. In this workshop, the dashboard tool will be showcased and discussion will be held on the potential usability of this tool in the wine sector.

COP26 side event: Act now! Policies and tools for health-centric climate action Nov 11, 2021 from 03:15 PM to 04:15 PM COP26 Health Pavilion, Glasgow (UK) & online,

Side event organized by WHO Europe during the COP26 with the aim to explore why urgent climate action is a prerequisite for sustaining global health, and how health-promoting environments and behaviours can be good for the climate.

The Ripple Factor: Economic losses from weather extremes can amplify each other across the world

Weather extremes can cause economic ripples along the supply chains. If they occur at roughly the same time, the ripples start interacting and can amplify even if they occur at completely different places around the world, a new study shows. The resulting economic losses are larger than the sum of the initial events, the researchers find in computer simulations of a global economic network.

Climate Risks Atlas for the G20 countries released

The 'G20 Climate Risks Atlas - Impacts, policy, economics', contains a series of Country Factsheets featuring maps and infographics which summarizes scientific projections of how climate impacts will play out in the top 20 world’s largest countries over the coming decades.

Data for climate action in the Mediterranean Oct 25, 2021 to Oct 26, 2021 Online,

On October 25th and 26th, The Copernicus Climate Change Service and the Union for the Mediterranean will be hosting a virtual workshop to present the challenges linked to climate change in the Mediterranean, and how these can be overcome by better leveraging climate data.

Information session on the European Union mission on adaptation to climate change Nov 23, 2021 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

The mission adaptation to climate change will help prepare for unavoidable climate impacts and accelerate Europe’s transformation into a climate-resilient continent. On 23 November 2021 an information session will be organized to present the concept and implementation mechanisms of the mission, and explain how the regions can engage in the process.

Climate change and health in Europe: knowledge development and sharing efforts, an EU side event at COP 26 in Glasgow Nov 01, 2021 from 09:15 AM to 10:15 AM Glasgow, UK and Online,

EEA is organizing a session at the EU Pavilion at COP 26 with focus on climate change and health. Tackling climate change impacts on health requires solid knowledge and evidence-based and equity-oriented solutions in both adaptation and mitigation. The session will showcase findings of key recent research projects on heat impacts on health; present the EU knowledge-sharing platform - the European Climate and Health Observatory; and discuss sharing knowledge with EU’s neighbours and across policy fields.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) forecasts, notifies and monitors devastating floods in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland

The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service supports the national authorities with complementary flood forecast information. In July 2021, the EFAS forecasts started indicating a high probability of flooding for several river basins in Europe affecting countries like Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Current practice in flood risk management in the EU

The Commission and Member States carried out a survey to gather information about the framework that was established for flood risk management under the Floods Directive in the EU. The final report of the study launched in 2019, on ‘Current Practice in Flood Risk Management’ is based on a review of 34 case study examples from 15 Member States. The objective of this work is to strengthen flood risk management in the EU.

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