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EU project RESIN has developed tools and methods for urban adaptation

The recently concluded RESIN project has developed three practical tools and methods, along with an overarching decision support framework, to aid cities in understanding climate risk, and in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts.

Climate change damaging male fertility of insects

Research reveals that heatwaves damage sperm in insects, with negative impacts for fertility across generations. Male infertility during heatwaves could help to explain why climate change is having such an impact on species populations, including climate-related extinctions in recent years.

Restoring floodplains would improve state of water, ecosystems and climate protection in Europe

The European Environment Agency briefing ‘Why should we care about floodplains?’ analyses the potential benefits of restoring natural areas next to rivers that are covered by water during floods, including climate change adaptation. According to the analysis, these areas can deliver valuable cultural and ecosystem services, including a cost-effective alternative to structural flood protection.

European Commission evaluates its Adaptation Strategy

The evaluation shows that the EU Adaptation Strategy has delivered on its objectives, with progress recorded against each of its eight individual actions, such as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the development of the online platform Climate-ADAPT and the climate-proofing of key EU policies.

Paper published: Indicators for adaptation to climate change at national level - Lessons from emerging practice in Europe

As countries gain more experience in developing and implementing national climate change adaptation strategies and plans, the need for understanding their progress and effects is also increasing, especially through indicators for monitoring and evaluation of adaptation to climate change at national level. This Technical Paper contributes to the evolving knowledge base, and is accompanied by an annex including a database of national adaptation indicator sets from five European countries collected in 2017 and 2018.

European Commission approved quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment and climate action under the LIFE programme

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. In the area of climate action, the EU will invest €46.8 million to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and governance and information projects.

Draft guidelines for institutional strengthening in synergies between CCA and DRR

The PLACARD work provides guidance on how institutions working on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR), can take advantage of synergies between their networks, their capacities and ensure coherence in order to reduce the impacts of extreme events in the light of a changing climate. This work will be further extended during 2019.

Establishment of Climate Action Regional Offices in Ireland

The Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has made 10 million Euro available over 5 years to establish four Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs). The establishment of the offices is a key action under Ireland's National Adaptation Framework and National Mitigation Plan and will have an important role in coordinating climate action at local government level in Ireland.

Arctic plants grow taller amid warming climate

Plants in the Arctic are growing taller because of climate change, according to research from a global scientific collaboration. UK Researchers have discovered that the effects of climate change are behind an increase in plant height across the tundra over the past 30 years.

New online platform on climate adaptation services in Germany

The new German Climate Preparedness Portal (KLiVO Portal) collects data and information concerning climate change as well as services for a target-oriented adaption to the effects of climate change. Regardless of whether guidelines, tools or advice, all of the climate services aim to support different actors in Germany with their self provision in face of the effects of climate change.

Survey on Climate Services and User Needs launched

An online survey -open until 30 November 2018- on “Climate Services – User needs” has been launched, developed under the framework of the ERA4CS research project ECLISEA. Aim is to better understand the climate-information demand from a range of different stakeholders, countries and sectors, including the scientific community, the public decision-making, the private business, the civil society and individuals.

ECCA 2019: Call for abstracts

The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA) will explore how people and businesses are preparing for the challenge of climate change. ECCA 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will focus on six themes, from co-production of knowledge to tackling the global challenges of CCA & DRR. Deadline Abstract and Session submission: 10 October 2018.

New training workshop in Austria for climate change adaptation

Climate change impacts are most visible at the local level and thus, requiring adaptation actions. For this purpose, 19 people were trained as climate adaptation counselors for Austrian municipalities. The Austrian Environment Agency acted as a moderator and guide and was responsible for the organization of the course.

Trees with grassy areas soften summer heat

Trees cool their environment and "heat islands" in large cities benefit from it. However, the degree of cooling depends greatly on the tree species and the local conditions. In a German study two species of urban trees were compared.

Climate Adaptation Partnership Action Plan: public feedback launched

The public feedback of the Partnership on Climate Adaptation, with its objectives to anticipate on the adverse effects of climate change and take appropriate action to prevent damage to Urban Areas, under the EU Urban Agenda was launched on 22 June 2018. Anyone can contribute to the actions from the Draft Action Plan until 17 August 2018.

BRIGAID Call for innovations on climate adaptation and disaster resilience

The H2020 BRIGAID project's final call for innovations on climate adaptation and disaster resilience is open. Innovators are welcome to submit ideas on how to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate-driven disasters related to droughts, floods and extreme weather events before 15 August 2018.

SHARA project is boosting climate change adaptation in Spain and Portugal

The LIFE SHARA project actions involve strengthening the Spanish adaptation knowledge platform (AdapteCCa), capacity building, and awareness raising on climate change adaptation. Its final objective is to strengthen the governance of adaptation and increase the resilience against climate change in Spain and Portugal.

Climate-related risks and opportunities, a synthesis for Switzerland

This synthesis report identifies and prioritises climate-related risks and opportunities for Switzerland until 2060. The results from eight regional case studies conducted with the participation of experts from science, industry and administration have been merged into this synthesis.

Climate-ADAPT found to be a key tool for adaptation in Europe

The number of users on this web platform increased fivefold since its launch in 2012, according to a report from the EEA. The assessment confirms the increasing value of the platform for users such as policy makers, city planners, and other experts who are looking to share and make use of information and best practices in their work to adapt on climate change.

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