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  • Climate services guide: approaches and good practices from the European Research Area for Climate Services projects

    10 Feb 2022

    This guide on climate services presents a joint effort of projects funded under the European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS), a co-funded action initiated by JPI Climate with co-funding by the European Union, national public Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) from 18 European countries, and sets out to increase the understanding of different pathways, methods, and approaches to improve knowledge co-production of climate services.

  • Urban Climate Adaptation: what tools could accelerate the uptake of Nature-Based Solutions in cities?

    09 Feb 2022

    Researchers at Wageningen University & Research, Deltares and University of Bologna, as part of the Adaptive Cities Through integrated Nature-based Solutions (ACT on NbS) project, granted by EIT-Climate KIC (European Institute of Innovation and Technology- Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community), assessed the different challenges that cities experience in urban NbS implementation. They conducted structured interviews and workshops with municipalities, and reviewed available tools that support NbS uptake in urban areas.

  • Rehabilitation centre now a part of climate-adapted recreational park in Aarhus, Denmark

    04 Feb 2022

    New synergies have emerged in climate change adaptation efforts in Aarhus, Denmark. The surroundings of the Danish centre of rehabilitation, research and development, MarselisborgCentret, integrate health, urban nature, rehabilitation and climate change adaptation in a single project. The project is called SPARK and it is part of the local water company Aarhus Vand's strategy to contain and retain almost all the rainwater that falls on the centre site.

  • Economic losses from weather extremes in Europe reached around half a trillion euros over past 40 years

    03 Feb 2022

    Extreme weather events like storms, heatwaves and flooding accounted for economic losses of around half a trillion euros over the past 40 years and led to between 85,000 and 145,000 human fatalities across Europe. Less than one-third of these losses were insured, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis of economic losses and fatalities from weather and climate-related events.

  • Copernicus Climate Change Service data supports research and policy-making throughout 2021

    02 Feb 2022

    The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) generated a wide range of authoritative, quality-controlled information and datasets about the state of the climate, in support of scientific research and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by policy makers and businesses. C3S released its annual findings showing that, globally, the last seven years were the seven warmest on record by a clear margin, with Europe experiencing its warmest summer on record.

  • Green space in European cities is key to well-being – but access varies

    01 Feb 2022

    High-quality green and blue spaces in cities, like parks, riverbanks and coastlines, are crucial for health and well-being, in particular for the elderly, children and people on low incomes. A European Environment Agency briefing shows that access is not equal, and that cities in the north and west of Europe tend to have more green space than cities in southern and eastern Europe.

  • Improving water management and resilience to extreme weather events: TEACHER-CE Toolbox released

    31 Jan 2022

    The Interreg funded TEACHER-CE project (joinT Efforts to increase water management Adaptation to climate CHanges in central EuRope) has launched the CC-ARP-CE tool as the project’s main output. This online platform aims to support stakeholders of water management in integrated strategies and actions to adapt to climate change and to prevent and reduce the associated risks for the Central part of Europe.

  • Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

    25 Jan 2022

    Nine out of 10 young Europeans agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being, while 84% of those aged 55 or over agree. Almost every second European (49%) sees climate change as the main global challenge for the future of the EU, according to a special Eurobarometer on the Future of Europe.

  • Policy brief: 'Looking back at the 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2021)'

    24 Jan 2022

    This paper looks in retrospect at ECCA 2021, organised in May and June 2021, and discusses the key messages of this conference. It also explores how Europe can support adaptation around the world, which was the topic of discussion during a COP26 side-event that was co-hosted by ECCA 2021.

  • Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens' recommendations debated in plenary

    24 Jan 2022

    On 21 and 22 January 2022, the Future of Europe Conference Plenary took stock of the 90 recommendations made by, among other, two European Citizens' Panels and national Citizens' Panels covering adaptation to climate change in Europe. The debates revolved around the recommendations from the two European Citizens' Panels that have finalised their work, in which some 200 Europeans of different ages and backgrounds met.