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  • Impact of heat waves during the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned from Summer 2020

    24 Jun 2021

    On 12 May 2021 the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) held a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 affected heat waves risks in 2020. Experts were discussing the key lessons learned by the national public health institutes and other public health stakeholders, and exchanged solutions and good practices.

  • European Commission invites project proposals on the health impacts of climate change - €60 million available under the Horizon Europe programme

    23 Jun 2021

    The aim of this call for project proposals topic is to identify, monitor and quantify the direct and indirect impacts on human health, including in occupational settings, and related risk factors correlated to climate change. Projects are expected to contribute, inter alia to the European Climate and Health Observatory.

  • Accounting for ecosystems and their services in the European Union

    23 Jun 2021

    A new report shows that EU’s ecosystems generated an annual flow of selected seven ecosystem services at the value of € 172 billion. Restoring degraded ecosystems, which helps climate regulation and in protection against natural disasters, has the potential to double nature’s contribution to the EU economy.

  • Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 published

    21 Jun 2021

    The European Commission adopted the Work Programme 2021-2022 of the new EU framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe. Compared to Horizon 2020, the basic structure of the individual work programs has changed to a breakdown into 'destinations', 'calls' and 'topics'.

  • Report calls for global action for better resilience to droughts

    17 Jun 2021

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC) released a new report that calls for better coordination to manage the risk of severe droughts, as climate change brings increasing global temperatures and disrupts rainfall patterns.

  • Cities play pivotal roles in shifting to green, sustainable future

    14 Jun 2021

    European cities have the potential to lead the way towards a green, sustainable future, according to two assessments on urban environmental change, published in an European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing. These include tackling the health impacts of the pandemic, dealing with the climate and ecological emergency, and addressing social and economic inequalities.

  • Closing the climate protection gap – Commission Staff Working Document

    10 Jun 2021

    The European Commission Staff Working Document 'Closing the Climate Protection Gap - Scoping policy and data gaps' is part of the knowledge base underpinning the 2021 EU Climate Adaptation Strategy, and some of the measures to close the climate protection gap that will be undertaken in the context of the upcoming Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. It may be relevant for other policy- and decision-makers on adaptation issues at national, regional and local level.

  • New Horizon 2020 project advances our understanding of polar processes in the global climate system

    10 Jun 2021

    The Climate Relevant Interactions and Feedbacks project (CRiceS), will contribute to a more precise understanding of the ocean-ice-snow-atmosphere system to deliver improved models that describe polar and global climate. The CRiceS project brings together 21 international research teams, from Europe, Canada, South Africa, India and Russia, at the forefront of polar and global climate research.

  • Workshop report on tackling biodiversity and the climate crises together

    10 Jun 2021

    The IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop report is the product of a four-day virtual workshop, held in December 2020, between experts to examine the synergies and trade-offs between biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • European Council endorses new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

    10 Jun 2021

    The Council of the European Union approved conclusions endorsing a new strategy that outlines a long-term vision for the EU to become a climate-resilient society that is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change by 2050. The Council supports the strategy’s focus on better gathering and sharing data to improve access to and exchange of knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation, including by enhancing the Climate-ADAPT platform.