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  • Level(s), the new EU sustainability framework for buildings includes climate resilience aspects

    20 May 2021

    Level(s) is a new European approach to assess and report on the sustainability performance of buildings, throughout the full life cycle of buildings. Using existing standards, the Level(s) framework with its indicators provides a common language for building sustainability. In particular, some of the Level(s) indicators are also useful in ensuring the climate resilience of buildings, and have adaptation relevance as well.

  • European Climate Pact – everyone on board for climate action, including adaptation

    19 May 2021

    Since its launch in December 2020, the European Climate Pact has started to roll out EU-wide activities to involve citizens, communities and organizations in climate action, including adaptation, and building a greener Europe. On the Climate Pact website more information can be found about the Pact’s network of volunteer Ambassadors, climate action pledges, and events taking place across Europe.

  • Assessment maps on the potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change

    18 May 2021

    The NATURVATION project has produced 775 European Assessment Maps as well as a set of City-scale Assessment Maps on Malmö, Barcelona and Utrecht. The European maps show the potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change adaptation and mitigation across 775 European cities.

  • Making Copernicus Climate Change Data easily accessible through the European Climate Data Explorer

    17 May 2021

    The European Climate Data Explorer, developed jointly by the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) and the EEA, provides easy access to climate variables and climate impact indicators from the C3S Climate Data Store. It also enables zooming in on maps to focus on smaller regions of interest; it includes time series for specific regions, and users can export images and data. This new tool is intended to support European countries to develop and implement their national, subnational and local climate adaptation strategies. It will be expanded in the future with further indices, new data sources and additional functionalities.

  • Advisory bodies can reinforce the role of science in climate policy, including adaptation

    11 May 2021

    Efforts in tackling climate change at national level across Europe can be made more effective by robust governance frameworks as well as well-functioning, well-resourced advisory bodies. An EEA briefing has analysed the institutional settings for policy-making on mitigation at the national level in Europe, the role played by advisory bodies and their influence on policy decisions. Although the focus of the analysis was predominantly mitigation, some advisory bodies were found to focus on adaptation as well.

  • Global warming could more than double costs caused by drought in Europe

    10 May 2021

    In the absence of action to limit and adapt to climate change, the impact of droughts on Europe’s economy could reach over €65 billion a year by 2100, according to a Joint Research Centre study published in Nature Climate Change.

  • Advising communities and decision makers to adapt to increased temperatures now and in the future

    05 May 2021

    The World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe has launched its 2021 #KeepCool campaign, helping advise communities and decision-makers on ways to stay healthy in the heat and adapt for increased temperatures in the future.

  • Danish climate change adaptation and land-use tool for planning on local level

    03 May 2021

    A new screening tool for Denmark, called KAMP, compares selected national data, calculations and projections and it is aimed in particular at planning and environmental works in local government. The tool can be used to assess how many buildings and infrastructure could potentially be affected by flooding, and it can estimate the value of the buildings and constructions that risk damage.

  • Enghaveparken Climate parken in Copenhagen attracts both people and helps to manage stormwater drainoff

    03 May 2021

    The more than 90-year-old green oasis, Enghaveparken, has been transformed following an extensive renovation project. The park is now one of the largest climate change adaptation projects in the City of Copenhagen, and can now retain up to 22,600 cubic meters of stormwater runoff, where as normal rainfall channeled to the park, can be reused.

  • Project launched on storm surge protection and new harbour environment in Svendborg (Denmark)

    03 May 2021

    A new project, called 'The Blue Edge' (Den Blå Kant) has started to become Svendborg's new common harbour space between the city and the sea, aiming at flood and cloudburst protection as well as an improved urban environment at the same time. Three sluiceways and a belt of fixed and mobile dikes will protect the area against storm surges of up to three meters above the average sea level. The project will also establish emergency flood channels leading stormwater runoff from the city directly into the harbour basin. The most relevant project information is accessible through the Danish Climate Change Adaptation Portal.