General Climate News

Cooperation is key to improve climate change adaptation across Europe’s border regions Europe’s border regions and shared maritime areas are facing increased negative impacts due to climate change, but countries and regions responsible for these areas are already taking action at transnational scale to adapt to these impacts according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing.
European Environment Agency, Tuesday 11 December 2018
Global warming increases the risk of an extinction domino effect The complex network of interdependencies between plants and animals multiplies the species at risk of extinction due to environmental change, according to a JRC study.
EU Science Hub, Monday 10 December 2018
Turning climate change from a ‘tragedy of the commons’ to positive action December marks the 50th anniversary of the paper that popularized the concept of tragedy of the commons: it argued that individuals will always take advantage of a common resource and so degrade it. A new paper argues that the theory limits the way climate change is viewed.
University of Exeter, Friday 7 December 2018
Consequences of scenarios that limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement A PBL-JRC-IIASA report presents a set of scenarios that limit global warming to below 2 °C and 1.5 °C, by using either the full portfolio of reduction options, as represented in the IMAGE and POLES model, or by assuming an alternative strategy that would limit the use of bio-energy (in combination with carbon capture and storage). Under these scenarios, global emission reductions by 2050 will be between about 50% and 65% for the 2 °C target and 70% to 80% for 1.5 °C, compared to 1990 levels.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Friday 7 December 2018
Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Amsterdam, examined how 18 years of drought affect the billions of vital bacteria that are hidden in the soil beneath our feet. The results show that this type of extreme weather determines how soils respond to future climate change.
Lund University, Wednesday 5 December 2018
Modern Greenland ice sheet melt unprecedented since age of industrialisation Current melting at the surface of the Greenland ice sheet is unprecedented for at least the last three-and-a-half centuries. That is what a group of climate researchers from the US, Belgium and Utrecht report today in the journal Nature, based on melt records from three ice cores drilled in central west Greenland.
Utrecht University, Wednesday 5 December 2018
Brief communication: Strengthening coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction Reference: Mysiak, J., Castellari, S., Kurnik, B., Swart, R., Pringle, P., Schwarze, R., Wolters, H., Jeuken, A., and van der Linden, P.: Brief communication: Strengthening coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3137-3143,, 2018.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS), Monday 3 December 2018
The RESIN Tools The RESIN project team has developed three practical tools and methods, along with an overarching decision support framework, to aid cities in understanding climate risk, and in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts.
RESIN, Wednesday 28 November 2018
The RESIN project comes to a successful close, opens the floor to research teams from RESCCUE and BRIGAID The RESIN held their final event in Brussels. Effective climate action is a long term proposition, demanding cooperation and knowledge sharing across disciplinary and geographical borders. The RESIN project has progressively added to its network throughout the project, added 17 cities to its ‘Circle of Sharing and Learning,’ and included many more colleagues and peers in its collaborative community.
RESIN, Tuesday 27 November 2018
Rising energy consumption slows EU progress on renewables and energy efficiency targets Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual analysis on the EU’s progress towards its targets on renewables and energy efficiency.
European Environment Agency, Monday 26 November 2018
Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers A study of Sólheimajökull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, shows that up to 41 tonnes of methane is being released through meltwaters every day during the summer months. This is roughly equivalent to the methane produced by more than 136,000 belching cows. The Lancaster university-led research is the first published field study to show methane release from glaciers on this scale.
Lancaster University, Friday 23 November 2018
Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted Finnish study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species.
University of Helsinki, Thursday 22 November 2018
Warming spoiling winter wonderland in Europe Once upon a time, when we were young, Europe was covered in a thick blanket of snow in winter. But climate change is threatening to spoil our enjoyment of the snow for good, according to a study by Adrià Fontrodona Bach, an Earth and Environment MSc student, published in Geophysical Research Letters and discussed in Nature.
Wageningen University & Research, Tuesday 20 November 2018
Re­sponses of wa­ter­birds to cli­mate change is linked to their pre­ferred win­ter­ing hab­it­ats in Europe A study shows that 25 European waterbird species can change their wintering areas depending on winter weather. Warm winters allow them to shift their wintering areas northeastwards, whereas cold spells push birds southwestwards. Species wintering in deep waters show the fastest long-term change: their abundances have shifted annually about 5 km northeastwards in the past 24 years.
University of Helsinki, Tuesday 20 November 2018
Restoring floodplains would improve state of water, ecosystems and climate protection in Europe Areas next to rivers hold potential for cost-effective flood protection and improving the health of an entire river ecosystem. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today, restoring European floodplains closer to their natural state would contribute to the achievement of several European Union policies. Estimates suggest that 70-90 % of Europe’s floodplain area is ecologically degraded.
European Environment Agency, Monday 19 November 2018