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  • WMO State of the Global Climate in 2021 report: four key climate change indicators break records

    16 Aug 2022

    Four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this is another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean, and in the atmosphere, with harmful and long-lasting ramifications for sustainable development and ecosystems. Western Europe experienced some of its most severe flooding on record in mid-July associated with large economic losses in Germany.

  • Publication on transformational approach for climate adaptation

    16 Aug 2022

    A publication from the Climate Adaptation Services (CAS) Foundation and Wageningen Environmental Research, published in the Journal Frontiers in Climate, informs about options to extend climate services to support policy makers in developing transformational adaptation strategies. Transformational adaptation strategies aim to address the underlying causes of climate risks through broader development pathways.

  • Bonn Climate Change Conference 2022 negotiation outcomes on climate action

    16 Aug 2022

    During the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies Bonn Climate Change Conference held in June 2022, all Parties to the UNFCCC came together to make progress on technical issues regarding both mitigation and adaptation, and prepared decisions for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in November 2022.

  • Heat in the inner city: a plea in Germany for more trees and shade

    15 Aug 2022

    Climate change is resulting in an increasing number of hot summer days in Germany. A recent study by the German Environment Agency (UBA) has systematically investigated how cooler temperatures can be realised in inner-city neighbourhoods. Much more green, in particular new trees, more shading as well as roof and façade greening can keep temperatures down in the buildings.

  • European Handbook for Sustainable Development Goals Voluntary Local Review

    15 Aug 2022

    The 2022 edition of this handbook provides policy makers and urban practitioners a consolidated method and examples of indicators that local and regional governments can use to monitor the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Voluntary Local Reviews are processes that encompass both the monitoring and the analysis of the achievements with respect to the SDGs at a local level. The Handbook includes detailed and updated information on 72 indicators and related data sources, which can enable cities to measure their progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. New information related to adaptation to climate change is provided under SDG 13 (Climate action).

  • Cities are often 10-15 °C hotter than their rural surroundings

    02 Aug 2022

    A recent global study conducted by the Joint Research Centre looks at the difference between surface temperatures of urban areas and their neighboring rural areas in summer. The scientists measured that surface temperatures in cities were sometimes up to 10-15°C higher than in their rural surroundings. The study also estimated that the temperature in extreme heat islands in cities around the world has risen on average by 1°C in since 2003.

  • New policy page on Climate-ADAPT: Just resilience

    01 Aug 2022

    The most vulnerable people and systems are most at risk from climate change impacts, have the least capacity to adapt, and are the least likely to benefit from adaptation actions. A new page on Climate-ADAPT informs about key actions on ‘leaving no-one behind’ in recent and forthcoming EU policies related to climate adaptation, including the European Green Deal policy package and the EU Mission on adaptation to climate change.

  • Kick-off meeting held of the Network of Drought Observatories in the EU

    01 Aug 2022

    Droughts pose increasing risks in Europe and are an ever-bigger cause for concern as their impacts are being more frequently and severely felt across different sectors. The Copernicus CEMS European and Global Drought Observatories (EDO and GDO) monitor and forecast droughts at the European and Global scale. A two-day kick-off meeting in June 2022 welcomed around 120 participants from 29 countries, and highlighted how efforts to monitor and forecast droughts have been scaled up in the wake of recent droughts in the EU and beyond.

  • A policy content analysis for evaluating urban adaptation justice in İstanbul (Turkey)

    01 Aug 2022

    There is a distinct lack of targets for realizing urban adaptation justice in policy documents. Researchers conclude that the underlying vulnerability of marginalized communities to climate change impacts is not being addressed, and identify urban adaptation justice in authoritarian governance contexts as a critical research gap.

  • New Health and Climate Change Country Profiles

    01 Aug 2022

    Over 80 countries have participated in the Health and Climate Change Country Profile initiative since it began in 2015. The profiles summarize evidence of the climate hazards and health risks facing countries. The current 2021-2022 global series includes European countries.