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  • Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens' recommendations debated in plenary

    24 Jan 2022

    On 21 and 22 January 2022, the Future of Europe Conference Plenary took stock of the 90 recommendations made by, among other, two European Citizens' Panels and national Citizens' Panels covering adaptation to climate change in Europe. The debates revolved around the recommendations from the two European Citizens' Panels that have finalised their work, in which some 200 Europeans of different ages and backgrounds met.

  • ETC Technical paper released about assessment frameworks of NbS for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

    20 Jan 2022

    Nature-based solutions (NbS) play an increasing role in both adaptation and disaster risk management. This is also recognized within several global and European agreements and policies. The technical report, published by the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Adaptation, provides a concise overview of available NbS assessment approaches in the context of adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. It is based on information from literature and selected European cases.

  • LIFE platform meeting: Boosting awareness and engagement on climate action

    19 Jan 2022

    In October 2021, the EU LIFE Programme held a special online platform meeting to encourage the European Climate Pact’s implementation. LIFE climate action projects, also covering adaptation to climate change, have a lot in common with the European Climate Pact’s objectives. LIFE projects, NGOs, and other stakeholders from across Europe united to discuss how best to support the European Climate Pact.

  • Blauer Kompass 2022: new edition of yearly Adaptation Award launched in Germany

    18 Jan 2022

    The 'Blauer Kompass' Adaptation Award is the highest state award in Germany for climate adaptation projects, organised by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). The aim of the competition, which runs from 18 January to 25 March 2022, is to present solutions for preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change, such as heat, droughts and severe rain. The awards ceremony will be held on 16 September 2022.

  • Two new publications help cities adapt to and mitigate climate change

    18 Jan 2022

    In its role as part of the Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI Europe has developed two publications to help local authorities implement effective climate change adaptation and mitigation. The first publication draws on the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, among other strategic documents aiming to forge a climate-resilient Europe by 2050. The second publication homes in on governance.

  • European Innovation Council Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics: Commission awards €5 million to winning project

    17 Jan 2022

    The European Commission launched a prize to reward the best Earth observation-based prototype to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases. The winner of the €5 million European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics is Greece-based project EarlY WArning System for Mosquito-borne Diseases (EYWA). The EYWA project transforms scientific knowledge into a decision-making tool, contributing significantly to combatting and controlling the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes

    13 Jan 2022

    The Surface Urban Heat Island (SUHI) increases the risk of heat-related human illnesses and mortality. Previous global studies analysed this phenomenon aggregated at city scale or over seasonal and annual time periods, while human impacts strongly depend on shorter term heat stress experienced locally. Results published in the journal; Global Environmental Change, show that across urban areas worldwide over the period 2003–2020, 3-day SUHI extremes are on average more than twice as high as the warm-season median SUHI.

  • Rainy days harm the economy

    12 Jan 2022

    Economic growth goes down when the number of wet days and days with extreme rainfall go up, according to a research study published in Nature. Rich countries are most severely affected and with their manufacturing and service sectors hardest hit. Analysis of data from more than 1,500 regions over the past 40 years shows a clear correlation and suggests that intensified daily rainfall driven by climate-change from burning fossil fuels will harm the global economy.

  • Sea level survey invites stakeholder perspective

    11 Jan 2022

    A survey aims to identify the pressing stakeholder needs related to sea level rise to inform several basin-specific expert workshops and a large-scale European conference in 2022. The joint JPI Climate & JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise invites stakeholders from all sectors and domains to share their perspectives, wishes and ideas. The survey will be open until 21 February 2022.

  • Global Risks Report 2022

    11 Jan 2022

    The 17th edition of the Global Risks Report of the World Economic Forum identifies tensions that will result from diverging trajectories and approaches within and between countries and then examines the risks, such as climate action failures leading to extreme weather events (described in Chapter 2), that could arise from such tensions. This year’s report highlights the implications of these risks for governments, businesses and individuals.