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  • EEA briefing: Climate change adaptation is key to avoid disruption of EU agricultural commodities imports

    11 Feb 2021

    Climate change is projected to affect agriculture in Europe, altering growing conditions, production patterns and yields, with impacts on prices, trade and regional markets, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing: 'Global climate change impacts and the supply of agricultural commodities to Europe’. Stepping up European Union support for international adaptation, together with trade diversification are key actions the EU can take to lessen the impacts of climate change on agricultural trade.

  • Drought periods in Europe became shorter and more intense

    04 Feb 2021

    Since the beginning of the 20th century, drought periods in Europe are shorter but more intense. Moreover, high temperatures, often accompanying these droughts, cause greater water loss from the soil. This has a significant negative effect on agriculture and vegetation in general, according to an international team of scientists.

  • Alarming rise in global temperatures

    04 Feb 2021

    The United Nations Environment Programme published a story on global warming and climate change, which will be key topics of discussion at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly this month. With the speed at which temperatures are increasing, we may reach +1.5°C in the next 15 years.

  • Arc­tic warm­ing and di­min­ish­ing sea ice are in­flu­en­cing the at­mo­sphere

    29 Jan 2021

    Researchers of the University of Helsinki have resolved for the first time, how the environment affects the formation of nanoparticles in the Arctic. The results give additional insight into the future of melting sea ice and the Arctic atmosphere.

  • Many major German companies underestimate the risks of climate change

    28 Jan 2021

    The consequences of climate change pose economic risks for companies. A study by the German Environment Agency (UBA) shows that only about half of the companies, noted on the German stock market, report publicly on these risks. None of the 100 largest companies studied provides information on whether the corporate strategy is resilient to stronger climate change.

  • ETC/CCA Technical Paper ‘Climate-related hazard indices for Europe’ published

    28 Jan 2021

    Based on a comprehensive index review, this Technical Paper proposes a set of 32 indices on climate-related hazards that are highly relevant for adaptation planning in Europe. It serves as background information for the EEA Report on ‘Changing climate hazards in Europe’ and guides the development of the European Climate Data Explorer (to be hosted on Climate-ADAPT). The latter two products will be published later in 2021.

  • UNEP launched the 2020 Adaptation Gap Report

    26 Jan 2021

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the 5th edition of the Adaptation Gap Report in an online press event in January 2021. The aim of the report is to inform national and international efforts to advance adaptation, but finds in the 2020 edition that huge gaps remain, particularly in finance for developing countries and bringing adaptation projects to the stage.

  • Global ice loss increases at record rate

    25 Jan 2021

    The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research led by the University of Leeds (UK). Ice melt across the globe raises sea levels, increases the risk of flooding to coastal communities, and threatens to wipe out natural habitats which wildlife depend on.

  • EEA-Eionet Strategy 2021-2030

    22 Jan 2021

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) have published a strategy to provide the data and the knowledge to achieve Europe’s environment and climate ambitions.

  • The Global Center on Adaptation launched its first State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2020

    22 Jan 2021

    This first and the following State and Trends in Adaptation Reports will assess progress on climate adaptation and provide guidance and recommendations on best practice in adapting to the effects of a changing climate and building resilience to climate shocks.