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  • A new Climate Action Plan for the Alps

    30 Apr 2021

    The Climate Action Plan 2.0 of the Alpine Convention, developed by the Alpine Climate Board (ACB) and approved by the XVI Alpine Conference, was released in April 2021. Paving the way for the short and mid-term implementation of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 towards climate neutral and climate resilient Alps, the plan identifies implementation pathways with concrete priorities in ten sectors.

  • Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provides information on climate change and health

    28 Apr 2021

    The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) provides information about the health effects of a changing climate, measures to combat climate change and measures to limit the effects of climate change. Moreover RIVM outlines policy options and makes data and instruments available to help governments with integrated assessments regarding climate, health and environmental policies.

  • 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.

  • Danish Coastal Authority launches new planning tool aimed at coastal municipalities

    30 Mar 2021

    Based on new national risk mapping, the Danish Coastal Authority has made new analyses and strategies available for use in coastal protection planning efforts. "Kystplanlægger" is a coastal planning tool targeted at coastal municipalities. The entire Danish coastline has been risk-mapped up to 2120 with respect to better manage the risks of flooding and erosion.

  • 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.