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  • Special Report 21/2021: EU funding for biodiversity and climate change in EU forests: positive but limited results

    04 Oct 2021

    The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published the special report 20/2021 “EU funding for biodiversity and climate change in EU forests: positive but limited results”. Although forest cover in the EU has grown in the past 30 years, the condition of those forests is deteriorating. Sustainable management practices are key to maintaining biodiversity and addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests, and the ECA has made recommendations to the Commission to use its legal options to improve the forest conditions in the EU.

  • Outcome of online engagement with citizens from Spain

    02 Oct 2021

    On 28 July 2020, 50 participants from Spain took part in a digital citizen engagement event on the European Union Mission on “Adaptation to climate change” Participants were selected randomly from different gender, age and employment situation groups to ensure a variety of views.

  • Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges including on adaptation to climate change

    01 Oct 2021

    The Commission launched five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment. They include a set of actions, such as research and innovation projects, policy measures and legislative initiatives, as a novelty of Horizon Europe and also an original concept in EU policy, bringing together several Commission services. Among the five missions aiming to deliver solutions to key global challenges by 2030, is the 'Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change and societal transformation', supporting at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030.

  • Special Report 20/2021: Sustainable water use in agriculture: CAP funds more likely to promote greater rather than more efficient water use

    28 Sep 2021

    The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published special report 20/2021 “Sustainable water use in agriculture: CAP funds more likely to promote greater rather than more efficient water use”. EU policies are unable to ensure farmers use water sustainably. The impact of agriculture on water resources is major and undeniable. But farmers benefit from too many exemptions from EU water policy that hinder efforts to ensure sound water use.

  • Call for expressions of interest: Designation of the members of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change

    27 Sep 2021

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) is issuing a call for expressions of interest with the aim of designating the members of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. The Advisory Board will provide independent scientific advice and produce reports on EU measures for climate adaptation and mitigation, climate targets and indicative greenhouse gas budgets and their coherence with the European climate law and the EU's international commitments under the Paris Agreement. Closing Date: 1 November 2021.

  • Risk analysis report released about climate change in six Italian cities

    22 Sep 2021

    Heat waves and floods are the main climate change impacts on Italian cities. Such impacts are expected to grow, with consequences on people’s health, and episodes of hydro-geological instability. The report “Risk Analysis. Climate change in six Italian cities” concerns an integrated analysis of the current climate risks to future scenarios, and describes the implementation of adaptation and resilience tools to respond effectively to present and future risks.

  • New assessment reveals major climate risks to global food trade

    21 Sep 2021

    The recently published report 'Climate change, trade, and global food security - a global assessment of transboundary climate risks in agricultural commodity flows' by the Stockholm Environment Institute, reveals in detail the climate risks to global trade in major agricultural commodities, and concludes that they pose a serious European and global challenge.

  • Adapting to climate change impacts: Enhancing efforts ahead of COP26

    17 Sep 2021

    The 20th meeting of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee (AC) concluded on 10 September and looking towards the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. Progress was made on the Committee’s work in promoting the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, and supporting countries in their efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change. In particular, it adopted its flexible workplan for the years 2022-2024, and a report on considering methods to review overall progress made in achieving the Global Goal on Adaptation.

  • How seasonal climate forecasts can boost European wheat production

    10 Sep 2021

    Farmers and policymakers can reap benefits from taking seasonal weather forecasts into account when making decisions about wheat production. Flowering time can be reliably predicted already at the beginning of the growing season in Central and Eastern Europe. This emerges from a study by Joint Research Centre scientists recently published in 'Nature'.

  • First Baltic Sea Climate Change Fact Sheet shows latest scientific knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea

    09 Sep 2021

    To provide a better understanding of the effects of climate change in the Baltic Sea, Baltic Earth and HELCOM have recently published the first Baltic Sea Climate Change Fact Sheet. The publication compiles the latest available science in the region indicating that the water temperature and sea level will rise in the Baltic Sea, and sea ice cover will decrease.