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  • Climate change could cause abrupt British vegetation changes

    2020-05-29

    Up to now, climate-driven abrupt shifts in vegetation have been rare in Great Britain. However, the University of Exeter found that even gradual climate change could lead to sudden changes in the amount of vegetation in some parts of Great Britain. Since they found early warning signals as well, there is potential to predict abrupt vegetative shifts. But for now, the model merely illustrates that it could happen.

  • Course: How to facilitate effective meetings on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

    2020-05-19

    'Participate!' is a free interactive online training module to support the design of effective science, policy and practice events. The course focuses on participatory meetings such as workshops, conferences and training courses for the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction communities.

  • PLACARD policy brief on adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging CCA and DRR in the European Green Deal

    2020-05-18

    This policy brief presents key insights from the EU PLACARD project for bridging Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), highlighting three areas for action to improve cooperation, and provide recommendations for the European Green Deal.

  • Strong Temperature Increase in the Pyrenees

    2020-05-15

    The climate of the Pyrenees has undergone significant change over the last hundred years, with a progressive rise in temperature, variations in the precipitation regime and an increase in the frequency of extreme events, which are reflected in the sharp retreat of ice masses and glaciers, modifications in snow cover and changes in ecosystems.

  • Climate Change and Safety of Installations: Contributions to the UN / OECD Natural Hazard Triggered Technological Accidents Project

    2020-05-15

    This report summarizes the work results of the activities undertaken to support the UN/OECD Natech (Natural Hazard Triggered Technical Accidents) II project. It includes description of the record of good practice examples in Natech risk management as well as recommendations generated at the UN/OECD Natech II workshop.

  • Launch of Open Public Consultation for the design of the new EU Adaptation Strategy

    2020-05-14

    The European Commission announced in the European Green Deal the adoption of a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. The Directorate-General for Climate Action launched on 14 May 2020 an open public consultation for its work on the new Strategy. A broad range of stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, NGOs, academia, national, regional and local authorities, are invited to provide inputs until 20 August 2020.

  • Warming Europe invites dangerous mosquitos

    2020-05-13

    As Europe warms up, it will become a more suitable home for one of the world’s most potent virus spreaders – the Asian tiger mosquito. This creature thrives at summer temperatures of 20–25°C, and survives the winter if January temperatures stay above 3°C. So as the world heats up, we will see them travelling north and south to find more comfortable conditions.

  • JRC study: Coastal adaptation against sea level rise makes economic sense

    2020-05-05

    Coastal zones in Europe contain large human populations, significant socio-economic activities and assets, and fragile ecosystems. Coastal communities will face increasing risk of floods as climate change could cause extreme sea levels to rise with one meter or more by 2100. Coastal adaptation, however, could prevent 95% of the projected economic losses.

  • More forest fires in the Alps due to climate change

    2020-04-23

    Climate change can lead to an increased number of severe forest fires in the Alpine region, resulting in the destruction of alpine protection forests and recreational areas, a rapid increase of natural hazard risk, and enormous costs for fire suppression. Concrete recommendations for policy makers help them to implement an integrated forest fire management.

  • European State of the Climate 2019

    2020-04-23

    The European State of the Climate (ESOTC) 2019 comprises a summary with key findings, and chapters about the climate in Europe, ranging from long-term indicators to detailed reviews of climate anomalies last year. The ESOTC is compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission.