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  • Reports launched on how Disaster Risk Reduction works with Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

    2019-10-15

    On the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (13 October), two reports from the CASCADE project were launched showing the state of play of the work with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation on the local level, in the countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

  • Geoportal: a tool to understand the impacts of climate change in the Pyrenees

    2019-10-03

    The Pyrenean Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) has developed the geoportal for providing the general public with access to crucial data in the Pyrenees. Citizens can discover the impacts of climate change on their territory, based on various indicators such as anomalies in minimum and maximum temperatures, rainfall and rates of innovation.

  • Putting climate change data in the hands of forest managers

    2019-10-03

    Forest owners and forestry managers in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park (Southern France) are testing a new mobile application which will help foresters plan forest management based on future climate changes.

  • Portuguese National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (2019-2030) adopted

    2019-09-26

    The first Portuguese National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for Climate Change (P-3AC) was adopted by the Portuguese Government in August 2019, aiming at implementation of measures foreseen in the National Adaptation Strategy. The NAP elects eight concrete lines of action of direct intervention in the territory and infrastructures and an additional cross-cutting line of action for support tools and research.

  • IPCC released special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate

    2019-09-25

    This special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and, conversely, the escalating costs and risks of delayed action.

  • Global warming may diminish European plant genetic variety

    2019-09-10

    A team of researchers studied one plant species from various locations in Europe and found that only few of the varieties had enough mutational ability to adapt to heat and drought. Genetic information for most plant species is still lacking, but new methods will enable scientists to make predictions on plant genetic fitness in times of climate change.

  • Natural ways of cooling cities

    2019-09-06

    Heat reduction strategies vary with the regional climate. Data from 30,000 cities worldwide show that planting trees is not effective everywhere. City planners need to take the local microclimate into account. In a wet tropical climate it makes urban areas more humid: other cooling methods like wind circulation and use of shadow can be used. In desert-like conditions careful planting helps.

  • Climate change threatens future of farming in Europe

    2019-09-04

    Crop and livestock production is projected to decrease and may even have to be abandoned in parts of Europe’s southern and Mediterranean regions due to the increased negative impacts of climate change.

  • Guidance released on working with nature to resolve urgent societal challenges

    2019-09-04

    The European Commission has published two new guidance documents implementing the Commission’s action plan for nature, people and the economy. These documents are intended to help policymakers, planners and businesses solve socio-economic challenges, while also protecting and restoring Europe's nature.

  • Climate Change Affects Floods in Europe

    2019-08-29

    A large international research has demonstrated for the first time that climate change has an impact on the magnitude of river floods. However, it does not have the same effect on floods everywhere: In northwestern Europe, floods are becoming increasingly severe, in southern and eastern Europe flood magnitudes mostly tend to decrease.