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New Global Drought Observatory report published

The recently published Global Drought Observatory (GDO) report analyses the impacts of the severe drought that has been affecting large areas of Europe and provides forecasts for the upcoming months.

Rehabilitation centre now a part of climate-adapted recreational park in Aarhus, Denmark

New synergies have emerged in climate change adaptation efforts in Aarhus, Denmark. The surroundings of the Danish centre for rehabilitation, research and development - MarselisborgCentret - integrate health, urban nature, rehabilitation and climate change adaptation in a single project. The project is called SPARK and it is part of the local water company (Aarhus Vand's) strategy to contain and retain almost all the rainwater that falls on the centre site.

New lakes retain rainwater in the town of Tommerup Stationsby on Funen, Denmark

In the Municipality of Assens on Funen, Denmark three new retention ponds are keeping the town of Tommerup Stationsby dry-shod, even after persistent and heavy rainfalls. Combined, three lakes - together known as Tallerupsøerne - form the largest climate adaptation project to date on Western Funen. The lakes were designed to withstand a five-year rainfall event but have proven capable of withstanding more.

Impacts of climate change on water management - stocktaking, scope for action and strategic fields of action

In December 2020, the Permanent Committee 'Climate Change' under the German Working Group on Water Issues of the Federal States and the Federal Government (LAWA) prepared a comprehensive report on the concerns, potential responses and strategic fields of action in water resources management, updating the previous work done in 2017. The application-oriented report describes how changes in climate elements affect surface water, groundwater and the ecology of water bodies and practical examples of solutions.

Urban Climate Adaptation: what tools could accelerate the uptake of Nature-Based Solutions in cities?

As part of the Adaptive Cities Through integrated Nature-based Solutions (ACT on NbS) project, funded by EIT-Climate KIC, researchers at Wageningen University & Research, Deltares and the University of Bologna, assessed the different challenges that cities experience in urban NbS implementation. They conducted structured interviews and workshops with municipalities, and reviewed available tools that support NbS uptake in urban areas.

Bulletins of the euROpean observAtory on Disaster risk and crisis MAnagement best Practices (ROADMAP) Project: 4th bulletin on “Management of the floods and landslides risk”

The euROpean observAtory on Disaster risk and crisis MAnagement best Practices (ROADMAP) has the main objective to establish a European “Doctrine on disaster risk and crisis management”, funded on the mutual cooperation between scientific communities and disaster risk management (DRM) authorities. The fourth bulletin focuses on floods and landslides due to their potential severe and even disastrous consequences with fatalities, diseases, and construction and infrastructure failures, and can damage or completely destroy vast areas of a country. According to the IPCC (IPCC 2021), both the probability and the consequences of floods and landslides are expected to increase in the coming decades, as a result of climate change and increased vulnerabilities and exposure, especially in urban areas.

Climate services guide: approaches and good practices from the European Research Area for Climate Services projects

This guide to climate services presents projects funded under the European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS), a co-funded action initiated by JPI Climate with co-funding by the European Union, national public Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) from 18 European countries. It sets out to increase understanding of different pathways, methods, and approaches to improve knowledge co-production in the area of climate services.

Copernicus Climate Change Service data supports research and policy-making throughout 2021

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) generated a wide range of authoritative, quality-controlled information and datasets about the state of the climate, in support of scientific research and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies carried out by policy makers and businesses. C3S released its annual findings showing that, globally, the last seven years were the seven warmest on record by a clear margin, with Europe experiencing its warmest summer on record.

Health as a lever for action on climate change

On the occasion of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, Santé publique France and The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) organised a discussion day on climate change and public health on 8 April 2022. The event aimed to raise better awareness of the interlinkages between climate, biodiversity and health in public policies, and to encourage concrete actions at the local, national and European level to adapt to climate change.

Global warming projected to increase health burden from hyponatremia

Global warming is likely to increase the number of people requiring hospitalisation due to critically low sodium levels in the blood, a condition known as hyponatremia. A new study projects that a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius would increase the burden on hospitals from hyponatremia by almost 14%.

10 Key heat health messages from the IPCC AR6 report

The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report – AR6 Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – released 28 February 2022, includes important messages about current and future impacts of extreme heat on human health.

EU Support to tourism - need for a fresh strategic orientation and a better funding approach

The European Court of Auditors’ report 'EU Support to tourism - need for a fresh strategic orientation and a better funding approach' is meant to provide input for the Commission’s work in defining a comprehensive 2030 tourism strategy with medium- and long-term objectives. In this regard, sustainable tourism is one of the most prominent concepts in tourism development and involves environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects to address the effects of tourism on climate change and to cope with the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector.

New European scientific advisory board on climate change appointed

The members of the new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change have been appointed, and this independent body can now provide the EU with scientific knowledge, expertise and advice relating to climate change, climate change impacts and adaptation. The Advisory Board’s work will underpin the EU’s climate action and efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

European State of the Climate 2021

The European State of the Climate (ESOTC) is an annual report compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission. Through a short overview of the global context in 2021, the ESOTC presents a more comprehensive overview of climate conditions and key events in Europe, and focuses on the Arctic.

Green Deal: New LIFE call for proposal offers fresh funding for adaptation projects

On 17 May 2022, the European Commission published this year’s calls for proposals under the LIFE programme, opening a new application round for funding. Altogether, just under €600 million is available for nature conservation, environmental protection, climate action, and clean energy transition projects. Depending on the type of projects, the deadline to apply is either 8 September or 4 October 2022.

Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in eleven EU countries

The European Commission announced an investment of over €110 million in LIFE programme integrated projects for environmental and climate protection. The funding will support major new environmental and climate projects in 11 EU countries: Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The projects contribute to a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and support the European Green Deal's objectives of making the EU climate neutral and pollution free by 2050.

European Commission invites regions and communities to join the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change

The Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change’s objective is to support 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation towards climate resilience by 2030. A survey is available for regions and communities to express their interest in joining the Mission. Once replies to the survey have been analysed, regions and communities that demonstrate commitment to adaptation, will be invited to sign a Mission Charter.

New calls for Mission on adaptation published

Under the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, six new calls will contribute to the implementation of the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change. The calls will close on 27 September 2022.

Surveys on the European Climate Data Explorer

The European Environment Agency (EEA) would like to obtain feedback on the use of The European Climate Data Explorer, a key tool of Climate-ADAPT. Two surveys are available until 20 May 2022 in order to help with future developments. We invite you to participate in the survey as follows:

European Urban Resilience Forum Sep 14, 2022 to Sep 15, 2022 Athens, Greece,

The European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) is a platform for city representatives, experts and stakeholders from local and regional institutions to discuss strategies, initiatives and actions for adapting to climate change, managing disasters and building urban resilience. The 2022 edition is strongly focused on seeking ways to shape a climate-resilient future for European cities and regions.

IMPETUS project launches 7 regional surveys on climate change impacts and adaptation

The EU-funded IMPETUS project launched a survey, available in national languages, in order to inventory shaping climate change adaptations for long-lasting benefits in seven regional communities in Europe. Based on the survey responses, the partners will offer local citizens, businesses, and civil society representatives further opportunities to take part in project climate adaptation activities.

Climate Alliance International Conference 2022 Sep 28, 2022 to Sep 30, 2022 Hesperange, Luxembourg,

The 2022 edition of this conference, organised by Climate Alliance for its members and other stakeholders, such as representatives of local authorities from across Europe, aims to delve into the topics climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local level projects and initiatives.

Climate Week 2022 Sep 01, 2022 to Sep 03, 2022 Frankfurt, Germany,

The World Conference on Climate Change & Sustainability (Climate Week 2022) with theme of Advancing the Global efforts on Climate Transparency, offers an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the impact of climate change and global warming in the global context, including subjects of adaptation and climate action.

Second Climate Observation Conference Oct 17, 2022 to Oct 19, 2022 Darmstadt, Germany,

Climate observations are of fundamental importance for reconstructing, monitoring, understanding, and adapting to climate change. They are instrumental for assessments and policy implementations. The need for systematic climate observations is increasing with the growing urgency for adaptation and mitigation measures that can require high resolution information. The conference, organised by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), will focus on activities and solutions that help to achieve a fully implemented, sustainable, and fit for purpose global observing system for climate.

NORDIWA 2023 Sep 05, 2023 11:00 AM to Sep 07, 2023 12:00 PM Göteborg, Sweden,

Water professionals as well as experts and practitioners, managers and operators, city planners, researchers, engineers, advisors and others with an interest in wastewater, sewerage and climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Nordic region of Europe are welcome to attend this conference. Climate change adaptation and resilience is one of the planned topics.

4th Baltic Earth Conference May 30, 2022 to Jun 03, 2022 Jastarnia, Hel Peninsula, Poland,

The 4th Baltic Earth Conference, organised by the Earth System Science for the Baltic Sea Region (Baltic Earth), will take place in Jastarnia, Hel Peninsula, Poland from 30th May 2022 to 03rd June 2022. The conference covers the topics of the Baltic Earth Assessment Reports (BEAR), which reflect the majority of grand challenges and research themes of Baltic Earth over the past nine years. Some topics to be discussed are natural hazards and extreme events, sea level dynamics and coastal erosion, sustainable management options, analyzing and modeling past and future climate changes among others.

The Operational Plan of the Pyrenean Climate Change Strategy was open for public consultation

The Operational Plan of the Pyrenean Climate Change Strategy was available for public consultation between 25 February and 11 March 2022. This Operational Plan will enable the lines of action envisaged in the strategy to be deployed in the territory by means of 72 actions organized around 5 systems: Climate, Resilient Natural Areas, Adapted Mountain Economy, Population and Territory, and Governance.

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