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  • Closing the climate protection gap – Commission Staff Working Document

    10 Jun 2021

    The European Commission Staff Working Document 'Closing the Climate Protection Gap - Scoping policy and data gaps' is part of the knowledge base underpinning the 2021 EU Climate Adaptation Strategy, and some of the measures to close the climate protection gap that will be undertaken in the context of the upcoming Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. It may be relevant for other policy- and decision-makers on adaptation issues at national, regional and local level.

  • European Council endorses new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

    10 Jun 2021

    The Council of the European Union approved conclusions endorsing a new strategy that outlines a long-term vision for the EU to become a climate-resilient society that is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change by 2050. The Council supports the strategy’s focus on better gathering and sharing data to improve access to and exchange of knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation, including by enhancing the Climate-ADAPT platform.

  • On the road to increased environment and climate capacity in the Turkish health sector

    25 May 2021

    Members of the Turkish Health Collaboration on Climate Change and Environment Project have established the working group Climate Change & Health. With a webinar on heatwaves and health, one of the key climate themes to Turkish health participants was presented. Further webinars and materials will be launched in the next months, including an interdisciplinary briefing.

  • The participatory process of the Pyrenean climate change strategy gets launched

    21 May 2021

    The future Pyrenean Climate Change Adaptation Strategy will be the first of its kind in Europe, with a transboundary nature that addresses the climate challenges of the bioregion in a cross-cutting manner. During a participatory process, several trans-Pyrenean thematic workshops will be held to come up to a complete document in early autumn 2021.

  • Level(s), the new EU sustainability framework for buildings includes climate resilience aspects

    20 May 2021

    Level(s) is a new European approach to assess and report on the sustainability performance of buildings, throughout the full life cycle of buildings. Using existing standards, the Level(s) framework with its indicators provides a common language for building sustainability. In particular, some of the Level(s) indicators are also useful in ensuring the climate resilience of buildings, and have adaptation relevance as well.

  • European Climate Pact – everyone on board for climate action, including adaptation

    19 May 2021

    Since its launch in December 2020, the European Climate Pact has started to roll out EU-wide activities to involve citizens, communities and organizations in climate action, including adaptation, and building a greener Europe. On the Climate Pact website more information can be found about the Pact’s network of volunteer Ambassadors, climate action pledges, and events taking place across Europe.

  • Assessment maps on the potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change

    18 May 2021

    The NATURVATION project has produced 775 European Assessment Maps as well as a set of City-scale Assessment Maps on Malmö, Barcelona and Utrecht. The European maps show the potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change adaptation and mitigation across 775 European cities.

  • Making Copernicus Climate Change Data easily accessible through the European Climate Data Explorer

    17 May 2021

    The European Climate Data Explorer, developed jointly by the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) and the EEA, provides easy access to climate variables and climate impact indicators from the C3S Climate Data Store. It also enables zooming in on maps to focus on smaller regions of interest; it includes time series for specific regions, and users can export images and data. This new tool is intended to support European countries to develop and implement their national, subnational and local climate adaptation strategies. It will be expanded in the future with further indices, new data sources and additional functionalities.

  • Advisory bodies can reinforce the role of science in climate policy, including adaptation

    11 May 2021

    Efforts in tackling climate change at national level across Europe can be made more effective by robust governance frameworks as well as well-functioning, well-resourced advisory bodies. An EEA briefing has analysed the institutional settings for policy-making on mitigation at the national level in Europe, the role played by advisory bodies and their influence on policy decisions. Although the focus of the analysis was predominantly mitigation, some advisory bodies were found to focus on adaptation as well.

  • Global warming could more than double costs caused by drought in Europe

    10 May 2021

    In the absence of action to limit and adapt to climate change, the impact of droughts on Europe’s economy could reach over €65 billion a year by 2100, according to a Joint Research Centre study published in Nature Climate Change.