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Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into bark beetles; also in view of climate change.

European droughts in 2018: a warning of things to come

A recent Joint Research Centre article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe's 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes.

Extreme climate events impact domestic and international agricultural prices

This Joint Research Centre study investigated the effects of extreme climatic events on agricultural commodity markets. It shows that if historical events, such as the 2003 European heatwave, occurred in the near future, the economic impact would be visible not only on regional crop yields and prices but also on international markets.

Copernicus Climate Service (C3S) User Learning Services

C3S User Learning Services offers high quality free eLearning resources supported by face-to-face training sessions on the use of climate data for climate adaptation challenges and on the use of the (Copernicus) Climate Data Store (CDS) toolbox. In total 30 face-to-face trainings sessions will be organized throughout Europe.

Climate change puts pressure on Europe’s energy system

All parts of Europe’s energy system, from availability of energy sources to energy consumption, are potentially vulnerable to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report. To secure reliable supply of clean energy, Europe’s energy system needs to adapt and become more climate resilient.

European countries adaptation reporting under greenhouse gas MMR

The European Union Greenhouse gas Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (MMR) Article 15 on Adaptation actions required Member States to complete the second reporting cycle in March 2019. The information provided is presented in the country pages of Climate-ADAPT. Similar information from non-EU EEA member countries is presented as well.

Climate action urgently required to protect human health in Europe

New report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC): 'The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe' highlights an alarming range of health risks due to climate change and the benefits of rapid phase out of fossil fuels.

Adaptation webinar on designing an adaptation strategy and action plan Jun 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Webinar,

The Covenant of Mayors Office is organizing its second webinar, where city practitioners will present various aspects on how to design adaptation strategy plans, how to engage with citizens and how to build on existing policies. A tool which facilitates the identification of adaptation measures to address a range of climate change hazards will also be presented.

Climate neutral and climate resilient Alps 2050

Climate was in the focus of the XV Alpine Conference in Innsbruck, Austria, on 4 April 2019, where a common declaration of the eight Alpine countries and the European Union was released, and two documents were approved setting the Alps on the path to climate neutrality and climate resiliency by 2050. All relevant policy information is available now in the new brochure 'Climate-neutral and Climate-resilient Alps 2050' published in English, German, Italian, French and Slovenian.

IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has launched in May 2019 the first global assessment on the state of ecosystems. According to the report, biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services are deteriorating worldwide at unprecedented rate due to human activities, and climate change is one of the direct drivers of this change in nature and human well-being.

Launch EEA report on adaptation challenges for the European energy system during the EU Sustainable Energy Week Jun 18, 2019 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Brussels, Belgium,

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced the report ‘Adaptation challenges and opportunities for the European energy system: building a climate-resilient low-carbon energy system’. This report assesses how the impacts of climate change can affect the current energy system in Europe. This EEA report will be launched on 18 June in Brussels during a dedicated session at the Policy Conference of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, together with senior stakeholders from the European Commission and other organisations. If you would like to attend the launch event, please register for the Policy Conference by 21 May (for free) and ensure that you register specifically for this session: ‘18 June 2019, 14:00-15:30. Preparing the European energy system for the impacts of climate change (Energy transition, I40)'.

European State of the Climate 2018

The European State of the Climate 2018, compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Union, gives a general description of the year as a whole; the heat records and extreme rain falls almost across Europe, and a view of the weather events in the European part of the Arctic region.

New hub for connecting adaptation and disaster risk reduction

The PLACARD Connectivity Hub is a new "search and discovery" tool that helps planners, decision-makers, researchers, policymakers, students, and interested citizens to find knowledge and organisations working on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) issues.

Cities under pressure in changing climate

Experts highlight the challenge cities face to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase cities' resilience to extreme weather and also give people quality space to live in.

Report released on how countries are responding to rising seas

There is an urgent need to ensure that coastal areas are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Risks in these areas are projected to increase because of rising sea levels and development pressures. This report reviews how OECD countries can use their national adaptation planning processes to respond to this challenge.

Climate risk: Need for more collaboration between research and finance

How can investors protect their portfolios against physical impacts (e.g. changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, or drought) of climate change? A new report from the EU funded ClimINVEST project provides insight to what investors need to make better investment decisions in a changing climate.

COACCH project: Innovative ways to assess climate change risks and costs

The EU-funded COACCH project (CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs) aims to advance knowledge regarding climate change impacts and policy that can be used directly by stakeholder communities. The project is taking a specific approach to ensure producing knowledge which can be communicated, disseminated and applied in a timely manner.

European Urban Resilience Forum Jun 25, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Bonn, Germany,

This forum offers a unique exchange platform where city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions come together to discuss strategies and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience.

European conference on innovative financing for creating green cities Mar 26, 2019 09:00 AM to Mar 27, 2019 05:00 PM Manchester, United Kingdom,

This conference brings together city representatives, investors and business to connect, share experiences and find joint solutions for financing city greening. Interactive workshops offer participants in-depth capacity building on valuing natural assets and mobilising finance for nature-based solutions.

Cities and municipalities invited to apply for the German Sustainability Award

German cities and municipalities are invited to apply for the 12th German Sustainability Award, which is the national award for excellence in sustainability, rewarding the sustainability efforts and achievements of German cities and municipalities across three categories: small-sized cities, medium-sized cities and large-sized cities.

Since 2017 dozens of local climate action projects implemented in Turkish cities

In Turkey 13 large-scale pilots targeting metropolitan municipalities and 25 small scale projects started in June 2017 to foster local climate action and awareness activities in 27 cities across the country. Most municipalities are working on climate action strategy plans; some are working on implementing pilot schemes such as solar power installations, and others are working on capacity building.

French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change for the period 2018-2022 launched

The objective of the second French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (PNACC-2) for the period 2018-2022, launched in December 2018, is to better prepare the French society to climate change, involving the main sectors of the economy (agriculture, industry, tourism) and territories. Based on the recommendations of the assessment of PNACC 2011-2015, the development of PNACC-2 was based on a national consultation that mobilized over 300 representatives from civil society, experts and representatives of local authorities and ministries.

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