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  • Call for applications for Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards

    24 Mar 2021

    The third edition of this competition was launched in the frame of the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is aimed at public stakeholders, members of the private sector and NGOs which are taking action and developing solutions to adapt the Mediterranean regions to the changing climate. Applications closing date: 15 April 2021.

  • Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

    22 Mar 2021

    The European Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest management, and outline how EU Member States can access EU funding for wildfire resilience and work together at EU level.

  • European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

    04 Mar 2021

    The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.

  • 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.