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Scientific seminar on vibriosis Jun 19, 2024 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Online,

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is hosting an online scientific seminar to raise awareness of vibriosis and it associated risks in Europe.

JRC study: Coastal adaptation against sea level rise makes economic sense

Coastal zones in Europe contain large human populations, significant socio-economic activities and assets, and fragile ecosystems. Coastal communities will face increasing risk of floods as climate change could cause extreme sea levels to rise with one meter or more by 2100. Coastal adaptation, however, could prevent 95% of the projected economic losses.

MedECC released a preliminary assessment of risk associated to climate and environmental changes in the Mediterranean region

This assessment has been undertaken by the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC) supported by the Union for the Mediterranean and Plan Bleu (UN Environment/MAP Regional Activity Center). This preliminary report also includes results of discussions among MedECC scientists during workshops and meetings, which have been taken place since 2016.

Strengthening the climate change scenario framework

Over the past decade, the climate change research community developed a scenario framework that combines alternative futures of climate and society to facilitate integrated research and consistent assessment to inform policy. An international team of researchers assessed how well this framework is working and what challenges it faces.

Climate change warms groundwater in Bavaria

Groundwater reservoirs in Bavaria have warmed considerably over the past few decades. A new study compares temperatures at 35 measuring stations with data from the 1990s. Water found at a depth of 20 metres was almost one degree warmer on average than 30 years ago.

ETC/CCA Technical Paper ‘Climate-related hazard indices for Europe’ published

Based on a comprehensive index review, this Technical Paper proposes a set of 32 indices on climate-related hazards that are highly relevant for adaptation planning in Europe. It serves as background information for the EEA Report on ‘Changing climate hazards in Europe’ and guides the development of the European Climate Data Explorer (to be hosted on Climate-ADAPT). The latter two products will be published later in 2021.

European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.

Global ice loss increases at record rate

The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research led by the University of Leeds (UK). Ice melt across the globe raises sea levels, increases the risk of flooding to coastal communities, and threatens to wipe out natural habitats which wildlife depend on.

Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium

According to this report of the National Climate Commission, climate change in Belgium will mainly be felt through heat waves, floods and droughts. Warmer and more humid summers, and milder and humid winters are becoming normal. These impacts will affect a large number of sectors, resulting in major costs but also benefits, with costs dominating strongly. Well-considered and fair adaptation measures are required.

New standard helps adapting to climate change: EN ISO 14091:2021

The recently adopted and published European Standard: ‘Adaptation to climate change - Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment’ (EN ISO 14091:2021) offers organisations a consistent, structured and pragmatic approach to understand their vulnerabilities and to prevent or mitigate negative consequences caused by climate change, while taking advantage of opportunities. It was developed in parallel to the respective standard of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) (ISO 14091, 2021-02) which was set up based on an initiative of Germany and South Korea.

EU Study on adaptation modelling for policy-support at multiple governance levels

The Publications Office of the European Union has published several reports of the European Commission's study on climate adaptation modelling, accompanying the launch of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change. It addresses the European Commissions' requirements to support decision making on climate adaptation at multiple governance levels. The study provides a comprehensive overview of technical and economic models and tools for hazards, risks, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation climate assessments and of research gaps.

Supporting Montenegro to advance its National Adaptation Plan process

The Montenegro Ministry of Ecology Urbanism, and Spatial Planning, in cooperation with the UN Development Program (UNDP), prepared a project proposal for the development of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which was approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project covers the four most sensitive sectors: Water, Health, Tourism and Agriculture. A similar project for North Macedonia was approved in the frame of the National Adaptation Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).

German magazine sheds light on heat action plans

Three articles in the April 2021 issue of the magazine "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst" deal with heat action plans (HAPs). In their articles, the authors discuss the effectiveness of heat action plans in Europe, shed light on the state of health care in Germany and give recommendations for the development of HAPs: action needed in terms of heat prevention.

Nature-based solutions should play an increased role in tackling climate change

Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can societies help to adapt on climate change, reduce its impacts, and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a new European Environment Agency report.

Climate change undermines the safety of buildings and infrastructure in Europe

Higher temperatures will accelerate corrosion of buildings, and will expose infrastructure to higher stresses, thus undermining the safety of constructions. Researchers of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and members of the scientific network established by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, co-authored two studies, suggesting a review of the EU standards for structural design.

The Netherlands in 2120, a vision to adapt to climate change

Wageningen University & Research has drafted a vision on what it believes a climate-proof Netherlands could look like in 2120. Green cities, circular agriculture, and more forests, water and swamps are feasible in 100 year from now. Similar vision building will be used for European purposes as well in the future.

Europe urgently needs to step up adaptation to climate change impacts

Despite the increasing awareness of climate change impacts and the need to adapt, many of Europe’s cities and towns are struggling to handle the impacts of heatwaves, severe droughts and destructive floods. Two new European Environment Agency (EEA) reports stress the urgent need for action to improve adaptation and resilience at local and national government levels.

Disaster risks in the EU

Climate change is bringing along more extreme weather events. The European Commission presents the latest available evidence on disaster risks, such as floods, wildfires or diseases, that threaten the EU, drawing on the national risk assessments developed by the EU Member States and on the Commission’s cross-sectoral policy and scientific work.

Storage of snow ensures skiing during warmer winters

With rising temperatures, the number of days with snow is gradually decreasing in parts of Sweden. Ski resorts have therefore begun to store snow in order to ensure that they will be able to open at the beginning of the skiing season.

Action plan for a climate resilient Germany adopted

The German Federal Government has adopted the current progress report on the German Adaptation Strategy. In addition to taking stock of past activities, the Government has set priorities for future work. These include better fundamentals for financing climate adaptation. The Federal Environment Ministry will also fund social facilities with up to 150 million euros to address their specific challenges in climate adaptation.

Winners of Blauer Kompass contest on climate adaptation in Germany

A resilient climate change forest, urban green as a cool oasis in the middle of a hot city, climate-friendly building materials made from natural resources, and a coaching programme to assist municipalities in adapting to climate change; these initiatives are the winners of the 2020 year’s Blauer Kompass award held in Germany.

Policy Paper: Climate change and the European water dimension - Enhancing resilience

This policy paper is the outcome of the conference “Climate change and the European water dimension – Enhancing resilience” and provides recommendations for the European Commission and EU Member States on how to increase water-related climate resilience and initiate the transformational change required to ensure resilience in the future.

Dashboard on insurance protection gap for natural catastrophes

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched its first pilot dashboard, which depicts the insurance protection gap for natural catastrophes. The aim is to represent the drivers of a climate-related insurance protection gap in order to identify measures that will help in decreasing society’s losses in the event of natural catastrophes. EIOPA is also inviting stakeholders to provide their views by 31 March 2021 by filling in a survey.

Latvia integrates climate change policy into sectoral and regional policies

Latvia Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) has started the implementation of the project 'Integration of climate change policy in sectoral and regional policies' in the framework of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme 2014-2021. The project aims to improve the integration of climate issues into sectoral and regional policies and activities, and to develop new climate change policy planning tools.

EU Sparks for Climate - a citizens hackathon competition

The EU Sparks for Climate hackathon is an EU-supported initiative aimed at bringing citizens and experts together to develop innovative solutions to climate challenges. Teams of citizens and researchers will work together in series of 3 stages of EU-wide hackathons to co-create solutions that can support the EU missions on Adaptation to Climate Change and Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.

Climate change adaptation consultion service in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

From the beginning of 2024, the North Rhine-Westphalia Federal State Office of Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV NRW) in Germany, runs the Climate Change Adaptation Consulting service on the platform of the Climate Atlas of North Rhine-Westphalia. With this service, the LANUV NRW specifically supports cities, municipalities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia to actively prepare for climate change or to continue the path towards increased resilience to where they have already embarked on.

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