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3rd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference Apr 10, 2019 09:00 AM to Apr 11, 2019 05:00 PM London, United Kingdom,

EUGIC is an interactive and fun event, which celebrates nature-based solutions for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities across Europe and beyond.

Covenant of Mayors - Adapt series: Assessing risks and vulnerabilities Mar 07, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM Webinar,

Planning adaptation to climate change impacts at the local level requires understanding of the current and projected climate hazards and which sectors currently are or will become most vulnerable. Assessment of these risks and vulnerabilities is a first step towards the overall management of climate change risks. This webinar will explore the various aspects of conducting a risk and vulnerability assessment at the city level.

More action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from environmental hazards

Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures. The European Environment Agency report ' Unequal exposure and unequal impacts: social vulnerability to air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures in Europe’ warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards.

Quinoa handle dry conditions and shifting temperatures

The South American crop quinoa is suited to dry conditions and with a new cultivated variety, it can also be grown in Sweden. It is being tested by farmers in the southern part of Sweden, where longer periods of drought and higher temperatures await in a changed climate.

OPCC2 report released on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Pyrenees

The average temperature in the Pyrenees has increased by 30% more than the world average in the last 50 years, and half of the glaciers have disappeared in the last 35 years. Facts provided by the report 'Climate change in the Pyrenees: impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation', representing a broad scientific consensus for the Pyrenean territory and which has been coordinated by the Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC).

Mountain adaptation: Vulnerable peaks and people

The Mountain Adaptation Synthesis Report published by UNEP and GRID-Arendal was launched at the International Mountain Day, as side event during the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice in December 2018. The situations in mountain areas worldwide differ vastly, but they share a particularly high vulnerability and common adaptation focus.

New insights in Germany on drought and heat vulnerability

Too hot and too dry: the summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase in the future, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial. A German-led research study is providing new insights, which is published in the scientific journal "Nature Communications".

Climate change abroad also affects the national economies

The German Environment Agency has completed a first-ever study of the climate risks for international trade relations. The study claims that the risks of climate change occurring abroad affect Germany's economy to at least the same extent as it does foreign economies. Six per cent (55 billion euros) of Germany’s imports and four per cent of its exports are tied to twelve countries or regions which are considered particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Turkey’s İklimIN project ready to start climate change training activities on local level across the country

Following an extensive Training Needs Analysis in its first year, the İklimIN project (Increased Public Understanding and Enhanced Stakeholder Capacity on the Required Joint Efforts on Climate Action) is starting to implement training activities on climate change actions and adaptation in 20 Turkish cities to groups of stakeholders, aiming at creating more awareness and a better engagement of climate change in the policy-making process.

Climate change adaptation of major infrastructure projects

DG REGIO commissioned a stock-taking of available resources to assist the development of climate resilient infrastructure covering the transport, urban development, energy, water and waste sectors, following seven study criteria: data availability, guidance, methodologies, tools, design standards, system and legal framework, and institutional capacity. The study’s final report includes a general and a country-specific part with project examples for each Member State.

Modern Greenland ice sheet melt unprecedented since age of industrialisation

Current melting at the surface of the Greenland ice sheet is unprecedented for at least the last three-and-a-half centuries. That is what a group of climate researchers from the US, Belgium and the Netherlands report in the journal Nature, based on melt records from three ice cores drilled in central west Greenland.

European Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

The EC adopted a strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy by 2050: 'A Clean Planet for all'. The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research.

WHO report published on public health and climate change adaptation policies in the EU

The WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission have developed a project to analyse health policies to address adaptation to climate change in EU countries and to compile a selection of good practice case studies. This report includes the findings and a review of past trends and future projections of selected weather- and climate-related hazards, including their health impacts.

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.

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