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  • German adaptation project on heat stress in cities extended

    21 Apr 2021

    The “HeatResilientCity” project, investigating since 2017 on how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to heat, has been extended by two years by the German Federal Environment Ministry. In the second phase of the project, the plan is to familiarize practitioners with the subject of heat adaptation in urban districts, to form new networks and to jointly develop suitable tools and decision-making aids for urban and open space planning.

  • German magazine sheds light on heat action plans

    19 Apr 2021

    Three articles in the April 2021 issue of the magazine "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst" deal with heat action plans (HAPs). In their articles, the authors discuss the effectiveness of heat action plans in Europe, shed light on the state of health care in Germany and give recommendations for the development of HAPs: action needed in terms of heat prevention.

  • Nature-based solutions should play an increased role in tackling climate change

    15 Apr 2021

    Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can societies help to adapt on climate change, reduce its impacts, and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a new European Environment Agency report.

  • New version of the Swedish Portal for Climate Change Adaptation

    14 Apr 2021

    A new version of the Swedish Climate Change Adaptation Portal has been launched with a new design and more content. The portal shows how the Swedish society is affected by the changing climate, and how adaptation work is being carried out. Almost 30 agencies contribute to the portal content.

  • OECD report on adapting to a changing climate in the management of coastal zones

    14 Apr 2021

    This policy paper by OECD provides a comprehensive assessment of the recent and projected socio-economic development of coastal areas. It reviews the environmental pressures exerted by human activities on coastal areas, as well as the impacts of climate change that exacerbate existing challenges. The paper calls for a coordinated and well adapted policy response to address these challenges.

  • INFORM Risk in IMF’s new climate change indicators dashboard

    09 Apr 2021

    The IMF’s new Climate Change Indicators Dashboard (CID) was launched on 7th April 2021. Climate-related INFORM Risk was used for physical risk indicators. The Dashboard is an international statistical initiative to address the growing need for data in macroeconomic and financial policy analysis to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Dashboard is a single platform that brings together experimental climate change indicators that allows comparison across countries.

  • New standard helps adapting to climate change: EN ISO 14091:2021

    26 Mar 2021

    The recently adopted and published European Standard: ‘Adaptation to climate change - Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment’ (EN ISO 14091:2021) offers organisations a consistent, structured and pragmatic approach to understand their vulnerabilities and to prevent or mitigate negative consequences caused by climate change, while taking advantage of opportunities. It was developed in parallel to the respective standard of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) (ISO 14091, 2021-02) which was set up based on an initiative of Germany and South Korea.

  • Call for applications for Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards

    24 Mar 2021

    The third edition of this competition was launched in the frame of the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is aimed at public stakeholders, members of the private sector and NGOs which are taking action and developing solutions to adapt the Mediterranean regions to the changing climate. Applications closing date: 15 April 2021.

  • Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

    22 Mar 2021

    The European Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest management, and outline how EU Member States can access EU funding for wildfire resilience and work together at EU level.

  • European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

    04 Mar 2021

    The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.