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  • Climate change threatens European forests

    25 Feb 2021

    Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks, according to a study by an international team of scientists from Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany. Important ecosystem services could be impaired by the loss of especially large and old trees.

  • EU Study on adaptation modelling for policy-support at multiple governance levels

    24 Feb 2021

    The Publications Office of the European Union has published several reports of the European Commission's study on climate adaptation modelling, accompanying the launch of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change. It addresses the European Commissions' requirements to support decision making on climate adaptation at multiple governance levels. The study provides a comprehensive overview of technical and economic models and tools for hazards, risks, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation climate assessments and of research gaps.

  • New EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change

    24 Feb 2021

    The European Commission set out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the new proposal is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.

  • Plant responses to climate are lagged

    22 Feb 2021

    Plant responses to climate drivers such as temperature and precipitation may become visible only years after the actual climate event. Since plant-climate interactions are more complex than foreseen, researchers want to prioritize the development of robust scenarios for the plant species that are critical to human well-being.

  • Building bridges across the Danube for climate change

    19 Feb 2021

    Slovakian and Hungarian school children discovered the effects of climate change along their shared border, the River Danube, thanks to a project funded by EU Regional and Urban Development.

  • Assessing the risk of climate change in an internationally harmonized way

    19 Feb 2021

    Based on an initiative of Germany and South Korea, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard for climate change risk assessment in the ISO climate adaptation series. This standard, ISO 14091, Adaptation to climate change – Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment, 2021-02, describes how to understand an organization’s vulnerability and how to develop and implement a sound risk assessment in the context of climate change, now and in the future. The document was developed in parallel as European standard and will soon be published as EN ISO 14091.

  • How may global changes affect Finland's agricultural and food economy?

    17 Feb 2021

    The future development of Finland's agricultural and food economy depends significantly on changes happening in other countries, including climate change related developments, and how Finland reacts to those changes. In the next few decades, societies will change in a way that is difficult to predict. Researchers have constructed four alternative scenarios of how the Finnish agri-food sector could change under different global circumstances.

  • Survey on potential climate change impacts on the transport sector

    12 Feb 2021

    A group of experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe prepared a survey for collection of information from transport professionals on climate change impacts, which the transport professionals may wish to understand better in the future. You can contribute to the survey until 12 March 2021.

  • 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.