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  • 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.

  • Using stories to encourage action

    2020-04-21

    A strand of work from the EU PLACARD project focused on using stories and narratives in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Through a series of workshops and discussions, the project developed material to explain the value of storytelling, and guidance on how to create motivating narratives for your own situation and audience.

  • New climate risk assessment tools launched by Oasis H2020_Insurance

    2020-04-18

    Models, tools and services developed in case studies of the EU project 'Oasis H2020_Insurance' are made available on the oasishub.co website. The project also resulted in the launch of films and webinars discussing new climate risk tools for flooding, wildfire, smallholder agriculture, typhoons and climate & health.

  • SOCLIMPACT project case study: Whale watching and climate change in European islands

    2020-04-17

    Focusing on the Blue Economy sector of coastal and maritime tourism, the aim of the EU funded project SOCLIMPACT case study is to access the potential impacts of climate change in the whale watching market of the Atlantic islands. Additionally, the study will review and evaluate practical adaptation measures to support local, national, and European decision-makers in responding and ensuring the long-term sustainability of this economic activity.

  • Climate change could cause sudden biodiversity losses worldwide

    2020-04-08

    A research study shows an estimation of when and where there could be severe ecological disruption in the coming decades due to global warming. The first waves could already be happening.

  • REGREEN accelerates transition towards green, healthy and equitable cities

    2020-04-02

    The 4-year Horizon 2020 project, REGREEN, was launched in September 2019. The project focuses on present and near-future challenges that cities are faced with, such as climate change impacts (flooding, heat islands), air pollution, and biodiversity decline, and how Nature-based Solutions can address these challenges in new ways.

  • New special edition of Climate Services published

    2020-04-02

    This special issue is about conditions, challenges, prospects and examples of European climate services markets. It starts with an overview of the market in terms of the current structure, its strengths and weaknesses, followed by articles focusing on leverage points to better match supply and demand. In the final section a deeper look into some sectoral applications is provided.

  • Consultation of local authorities on climate adaptation challenges

    2020-03-26

    Today more than ever, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) sees how human health, economy and climate change are strictly related. Despite the challenging times, they would like to consult you on the topic of Adaptation to climate change, in preparation for the contribution of the CoR to the future EU Adaptation Strategy.

  • New EEA report on the importance of floodplains

    2020-03-03

    The preservation and restoration of Europe’s largely degraded floodplains must be better prioritized, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Floodplains have a key role to play in improving biodiversity, water, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.