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Copernicus and Public Health - Workshop Sep 15, 2021 to Sep 16, 2021 Online,

This workshop will be organised into four sessions; two of them directly focused on climate change and health (Extreme temperatures and health & Weather/climate sensitive diseases). For each session, speakers from key European or international entities will set the scene before opening on a panel discussion about how to maximise use of Copernicus data for the benefit of public and private users in the health sector. The panels will also identify currently outstanding needs and requirements, which can inform the future development of the Copernicus programme.

People and Planet - from Theory to Solutions Conference Nov 08, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 Lahti, Finland,

Urgent decisions and actions are needed for climate change and biodiversity loss. The aim of the conference is to discuss the scientific challenges of transdisciplinary research in environmental and medical sciences and present solutions supporting public health and respecting planetary boundaries

NEXT LEVEL 2021 Conference Oct 20, 2021 Online & Dordrecht (NL),

A one-day conference (online and in-person workshops) focus to various innovation aspects, exploring the impacts of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation, biodiversity, people and society, and health & wellbeing.

New study shows risks of climate change in Germany

The German Environment Agency has presented the "Climate Impact and Risk Assessment 2021“. If climate change continues unchecked, the risks from heat, drought and heavy rainfall throughout Germany will increase sharply in the future, the study says. The damage will have a knock-on effect on ecosystems that are already heavily polluted, such as soils, forests and water bodies, and on humans and their health. The study also shows that many of these risks can only be reduced through immediate action as many adaptation measures take a very long time to become effective.

European Union Green Week 2021 achieves wide-scale mobilization for healthier people and planet

This year’s edition of the European Union (EU) Green Week, Europe’s biggest annual environmental event, has closed with record involvement from citizens and stakeholders around the EU. Dedicated to the EU ambition of a zero pollution, the event zoomed in on efforts to tackle pollution of air, soil and water, creating a world where pollution is no longer harmful for people’s health and ecosystems.

Danish Coastal Authority launches new planning tool aimed at coastal municipalities

Based on new national risk mapping, the Danish Coastal Authority has made new analyses and strategies available for use in coastal protection planning efforts. "Kystplanlægger" is a coastal planning tool targeted at coastal municipalities. The entire Danish coastline has been risk-mapped up to 2120 with respect to better manage the risks of flooding and erosion.

Life Adaptate Conference Sep 16, 2021 Online,

The EU funded Life Adaptate project organizes its final conference to present and exchange the latest advances in climate change research in six countries and municipalities. The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists, policymakers, organizations and citizens engaged with climate change impacts and adaptation in the urban environment.

Peer-to-Peer learning on indicators and strategies for adaptation to climate change

In the framework of the EU project ENERGee Watch, partners are developing Peer-to-Peer learning courses targeted to local authorities, and local and regional energy and climate agencies. One course is dedicated to adaptation to climate change: climate change adaptation and assessment, methods and data for diagnosis, indicators and strategies, and guides participants in building their own roadmap to ensure that adaptation to climate change is integrated into energy-climate action plans. The courses will be held online in 2021 and 2022.

Public consultation on WHO draft COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) launches public consultation on draft COP26 Special report on climate change and health, with the deadline for comments on the 25 August 2021. The COP26 Special Report: 'The Health Argument for Climate Action', aims to raise the health voice, health arguments and health urgency of tackling the climate crisis. It reflects the growing evidence and availability of solutions to maximize the health benefits of tackling climate change, while also offering a clear set of asks and proposed solutions from the global health community to climate change policy makers at COP26.

KE4CAP project workshop: 'Climate Adaptation Platforms – Realizing the Value of Shared Learning' Sep 08, 2021 to Sep 09, 2021

In this workshop, co-organised by the European Environment Agency/Climate-ADAPT, findings and key messages from the concluding KE4CAP project, funded by the European Commission, will be presented. It aims to understand the evolving policy and practice context within which climate adaptation platforms (CAPs) operate, and to explore how knowledge exchange activities can help CAPs support multi-level governance of adaptation in the future. This workshop will bring together the international CAP community. It is targeted towards organizations planning or preparing, and managing adaptation knowledge platforms at various governance levels.

Coastal Communities Adapting Together online event: Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders 2021 Oct 19, 2021 to Oct 21, 2021 Online,

This second Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT) online event brings together practitioners and academics, with expertise in policymaking, coastal management, climate change adaptation, community engagement and is about debating the best practices in supporting coastal communities in Wales and Ireland to understand the impact of climate change, and how it might impact their local communities. CCAT is an Interreg project funded through the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme.

New European climate law creates 'duty to adapt'

In June 2021, the Council of the EU adopted the new European climate law. It sets into legislation the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050. It also requires EU institutions to ‘ensure continuous progress in enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change’, thereby making adaptation a legal requirement for the EU for the first time.

Global campaign to catalyze resilient action: Cities Race to Resilience

The Race to Resilience is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from cities, regions, businesses and investors to help frontline communities build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Race to Resilience aims to catalyse action by non-state actors to build the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks.

European Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests

With the adoption of the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the EU is proposing a new strategy that contributes to the ‘Fitfor55’ package of measures proposed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. Forests are a natural ally in adapting to and fighting against climate change and biodiversity loss, and will play a vital role in making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050.

Fit for 55 Package turns EU's climate target into climate action

The European Commission has released the “Fit for 55” package, a suite of measures that will underpin the European Union’s efforts to reach its pledge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 55% from 1990 levels by 2030. Part of the larger EU Green Deal, the package includes policy proposals that define the pathway for the EU's ambition to fulfil its contribution under the Paris Agreement. It includes all elements of the Green Deal including the new EU's Climate Adaptation Strategy. It is the Commission's proposal for the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

Accounting for ecosystems and their services in the European Union

A new report shows that EU’s ecosystems generated an annual flow of selected seven ecosystem services at the value of € 172 billion. Restoring degraded ecosystems, which helps climate regulation and in protection against natural disasters, has the potential to double nature’s contribution to the EU economy.

Disaster Research Days 2021 Oct 12, 2021 to Oct 13, 2021 Innsbruck, Austria,

The conference carried out as a webinar series organised by the Disaster Competence Network Austria (DCNA) supports the dialogue and the networking between the individual scientific disciplines and departments in disaster management. It covers climate change related impacts such as extreme weather events and floods, as well as the protection of critical infrastructure and discusses various methods of disaster management.

Report shows uneven impacts of climate change for the EU financial sector

The European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) have published the “Climate-related risk and financial stability”, a report that maps out prospective financial stability risks and establishes a detailed topology of physical and transition risks arising from climate change across regions, sectors and firms.

Fifty cities commit to going above and beyond for the environment

The European Commission’s Green City Accord has hit a milestone number of cities willing to adopt even more ambitious environmental protection targets. Alba Iulia (Romania), Košice (Slovakia) and Grenoble (France), the European Green Capital 2022, all made their commitment official. These cities join other signatories in setting ambitious targets to tackle pollution, protect nature and biodiversity, and to support the circular economy and local climate adaptation actions.

Citizen support for climate action

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europeans remain very concerned about climate change and support action across the EU to tackle it, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission. European citizens now identify climate change as the single most serious problem facing the world. A majority of the respondents agrees that adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change can have positive outcomes for citizens in the EU.

UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) Oct 31, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021 Glasgow, Scotland, UK,

In light of the worldwide effects of COVID-19, the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) Bureau of the UNFCCC, with the UK and its Italian partners, had decided to re-schedule the conference initially slated for November 2020. The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK.

Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 published

The European Commission adopted the Work Programme 2021-2022 of the new EU framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe. Compared to Horizon 2020, the basic structure of the individual work programs has changed to a breakdown into 'destinations', 'calls' and 'topics'.

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