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Climate change threatens European forests

Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks, according to a study by an international team of scientists from Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany. Important ecosystem services could be impaired by the loss of especially large and old trees.

Report on Science for Disaster Risk Management Launch Event Mar 23, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Online,

More than 300 experts in disaster risk management from different disciplines produced the report: 'Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow', with accurate and updated information on the consequences that disasters have on key assets of society and how these can be managed. The launch event will entail the rationale and highlights of the report, followed by a panel discussion.

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.

Webinar: Water reuse and the European Green Deal Mar 09, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Online,

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is organising a webinar to showcase the central role of the water management sector in the shift to a circular economy and the achievement of EU environmental objectives. It offers local and regional policy makers as well as water service operators insights into the EU latest policy developments on water at the crossroads between circular economy, climate adaptation and nature protection.

Assessing the risk of climate change in an internationally harmonized way

Based on an initiative of Germany and South Korea, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard for climate change risk assessment in the ISO climate adaptation series. This standard, ISO 14091, Adaptation to climate change – Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment, 2021-02, describes how to understand an organization’s vulnerability and how to develop and implement a sound risk assessment in the context of climate change, now and in the future. The document was developed in parallel as European standard and will soon be published as EN ISO 14091.

Copernicus workshop: Common Agricultural Policy Mar 09, 2021 09:30 AM to Mar 10, 2021 12:30 PM Online,

With different sessions, this workshop will cover the main Copernicus contribution areas to the Common Agriculture Policy, including climate change.

New EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change

The European Commission set out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the new proposal is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.

EU Climate Adaptation Strategy - workshops and panels Feb 25, 2021 to Feb 26, 2021 Online,

This virtual event accompanies the adoption of the new EU Climate Adaptation Strategy on 24 February 2021, and is composed by climate community workshops (three parallel streams 14.00-16.00 CET on both days), and high-level policy panels (16.15-18.00 CET on both days).

2021 Global conference on health and climate change: Climate Justice Nov 06, 2021 to Nov 07, 2021 Glasgow, UK,

The aim is to support and showcase Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement which are ambitious, based on the principles of justice and equity, and promote and protect health. It will also mobilize the rapidly growing movement of health professionals around the world who are now driving ambitious climate action.

Cultural Adaptation Conference Mar 02, 2021 04:00 PM to Mar 05, 2021 05:00 PM

This conference will share the results and tools of the Cultural Adaptations project - which focused on four countries in northern Europe exploring how culture can adapt to the impacts of climate change -, and explore wider knowledge and international experiences of how creativity can help them to adapt.

European launch of the 2020 Lancet Countdown Report on Health & Climate Change Dec 07, 2020 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Webinar,

A week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change will discuss the latest evidence on how climate change is undermining the foundations of good health, as well as detailing the health benefits of a rapid and robust response to climate change. This webinar will contextualize the findings of this report, bringing together leading academics and policymakers with wide-ranging experience and expertise.

11th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Oct 20, 2020 Online,

Around 800 policymakers and political and economic experts will discuss the themes 'sustainability' and 'innovations' for a clean Baltic Sea, tackling climate change, green energy, sustainable transport, and health and well-being, making Baltic Sea region an attractive place to live and work.

Masterclass: Understanding, Modeling, and Mitigating Urban Heat Islands Feb 17, 2021 09:00 AM to Mar 02, 2021 02:00 PM Online,

This open and free Masterclass, consisting of three parts stretched across three days, will include a review of what’s known about urban heat islands, and provides insights into considerations for choosing interventions to manage them. Target groups are urban planners, designers, architects, resilience officers, city government officials, urban climate scientists amongst others.

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).

Alarming rise in global temperatures

The United Nations Environment Programme published a story on global warming and climate change, which will be key topics of discussion at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly this month. With the speed at which temperatures are increasing, we may reach +1.5°C in the next 15 years.

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.

Survey on potential climate change impacts on the transport sector

A group of experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe prepared a survey for collection of information from transport professionals on climate change impacts, which the transport professionals may wish to understand better in the future. You can contribute to the survey until 12 March 2021.

EEA briefing: Climate change adaptation is key to avoid disruption of EU agricultural commodities imports

Climate change is projected to affect agriculture in Europe, altering growing conditions, production patterns and yields, with impacts on prices, trade and regional markets, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing: 'Global climate change impacts and the supply of agricultural commodities to Europe’. Stepping up European Union support for international adaptation, together with trade diversification are key actions the EU can take to lessen the impacts of climate change on agricultural trade.

Webinar on physical climate risk and finance Feb 17, 2021 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Financial costs of climate change are rising, and investors need more transparent information to manage their physical risks. The ERA4CS project ClimINVEST brings together climate scientists and experts and financial actors to collaborate on improved tools and information.

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe and contribute to 13 % of deaths. An integrated approach to environment and health policies is needed to tackle environmental risks, protect the most vulnerable and fully realise the benefits that nature offers in support of health and well-being, according to the EEA.

Summer in the city: green infrastructure to keep urban areas cool

The last five years have been the hottest on record. Temperature records were broken in cities across Czechia, Spain, Germany, France, and Poland. Meanwhile, public health warnings were issued in Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland due to the intense warmth. The team at LIFE Tree Check project has come up with several solutions that can help cities across central Europe cope when the heat is on.

First European Islands Summit on climate change Mar 23, 2021 Online,

The SOCLIMPACT project organizes an online open debate between academics, representatives of twelve EU islands and outermost regions, and panelists of the European Commission with the aim to analyze pathways for adaptation that build more resilient archipelagos. Key topic is the Regional Exchange Information System and the Adaptation Support Tool for Island, a climate service developed by this project.

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.

EEA-Eionet Strategy 2021-2030

The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) have published a strategy to provide the data and the knowledge to achieve Europe’s environment and climate ambitions.

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.

Research provides new knowledge for local climate adaptation measures

A changed climate with more extreme weather involves an increased risk of natural hazards if society is not prepared for the new conditions. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Stockholm Environment Institute have examined how climate hazard research can be designed to meet users’ needs.

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