General Climate News

More action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from environmental hazards Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures. The European Environment Agency report ' Unequal exposure and unequal impacts: social vulnerability to air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures in Europe’ warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards.
European Environment Agency, Wednesday 6 February 2019
Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world An analysis of satellite data has revealed global patterns of extreme rainfall, which could lead to better forecasts and more accurate climate models.
Imperial College London, Wednesday 30 January 2019
OPCC2 report released on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Pyrenees The average temperature in the Pyrenees has increased by 30% more than the world average in the last 50 years, and half of the glaciers have disappeared in the last 35 years; facts provided by the report 'Climate change in the Pyrenees: impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation', representing a broad scientific consensus for the Pyrenean territory and which has been coordinated by the Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC).
Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory, Monday 14 January 2019
Climate Portal - Compass for a climate-proof and resilient Flanders The Flanders policy makers have been preparing for a while climate adaptation plans to coop with the effects of climate change in this part of Belgium. A huge amount of data and information is required to help them guiding these plans. For that the Climate Portal Flanders has been developed and brings together essential climate information and displays it spatially wherever possible.
Flanders Environment Agency, Thursday 10 January 2019
Closing the loop on critical materials for renewable energy tech: 10 key factors A new study lists 10 factors to help create a closed-loop supply chain for critical materials. However, interviews with key actors in supply chains for photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines suggest that manufacturers and recyclers hold different perspectives on these factors. The research highlights the importance of cooperation between supply-chain actors, as well as investment in technologies and infrastructure for closed-loop supply chains.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 10 January 2019
French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change for the period 2018-2022 launched The objective of the second French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (PNACC-2) for the period 2018-2022, launched in December 2018, is to better prepare the French society to climate change, involving the main sectors of the economy (agriculture, industry, tourism) and territories. Based on the recommendations of the assessment of PNACC 2011-2015, the development of PNACC-2 was based on a national consultation that mobilized over 300 representatives from civil society, experts and representatives of local authorities and ministries.
Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Wednesday 9 January 2019
Using drones to tackle climate change Scientists are using drones to survey woody climbing plants and better understand how they may affect the carbon balance of tropical rainforests.
University of Nottingham, Wednesday 9 January 2019
Climate model uncertainties ripe to be squeezed The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new study.
University of Exeter, Monday 7 January 2019
European wheat lacks climate resilience Researchers have found that current breeding programs and cultivar selection practices do not provide the needed resilience to climate change.
Aarhus University, Wednesday 2 January 2019
Mountain adaptation: Vulnerable peaks and people The Mountain Adaptation Synthesis Report published by UNEP and GRID-Arendal was launched at the International Mountain Day, as side event during the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice in December 2018. The situations in mountain areas worldwide differ vastly, but they share a particularly high vulnerability and common adaptation focus.
GRID-Arendal, Friday 21 December 2018
Current climate information enables marine planning that is sustainable in the long term Global climate change will affect the seas and the marine ecosystems for a long time to come. Current information about ongoing and future climate change will now be incorporated into Swedish marine planning.
SMHI, Wednesday 19 December 2018
DG RTD - Brochure on Climate Change Adaptation Science, research and innovation are key to the EU’s fight against climate change and the implementation of agreements. Results of EU-funded projects on high-end climate change have already made their mark. An overview in this brochure.
EC - Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Directorate - Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, Tuesday 18 December 2018
Climate change abroad also affects the national economies The German Environment Agency has completed a first-ever study of the climate risks for international trade relations. The study claims that the risks of climate change occurring abroad affect Germany's economy to at least the same extent as it does foreign economies. Six per cent (55 billion euros) of Germany’s imports and four per cent of its exports are tied to twelve countries or regions which are considered particularly vulnerable to climate change.
German Environment Agency, Monday 17 December 2018
The full story on climate change requires the long view A new study shows what nine different world regions have contributed to climate change since 1900, and what will happen moving forward.
Colorado State University, Monday 17 December 2018
Climate change adaptation of major infrastructure projects A stock-taking of available resources to assist the development of climate resilient infrastructure.
European Commission, Monday 17 December 2018