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Publication: New tool could help optimise governance of flood risk As the climate becomes more volatile, managing the risk of flooding has never been more important. This study proposes a new framework for evaluating how flood risk is managed by governments, which is applied to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the system in England. The researchers say their approach can help to improve flood-risk governance and could be applied to other countries as well as other types of hazard. (Source: Alexander, M., Priest, S. & Mees, H. (2016). A framework for evaluating flood-risk governance. Environmental Science & Policy, 64: 38–47. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.004.)
European Commission, Science for Environment Policy, Issue 474, October 2016, Monday 17 October 2016
Audio-visual guidance tool: Over 100 short video interviews “On Urban Resilience” RAMSES has condensed scientific research into a compilation of over 100 short interview sequences from 33 climate change adaptation and resilience experts. Users can define their own way of navigating the “On Urban Resilience” platform by auto-playing videos, searching by keyword or branching off into a topic-specific strand of clips to learn more in greater detail.
RAMSES, science for cities in transition, Monday 10 October 2016
The psychology behind climate change denial Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and the earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem. In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent deny the problem.
Uppsala University, Monday 10 October 2016
How fast will we need to adapt to climate change? What would we do differently if sea level were to rise one foot per century versus one foot per decade? Until now, most policy and research has focused on adapting to specific amounts of climate change and not on how fast that climate change might happen. The research is published in the October 4, 2016, issue of the Environmental Research Letters.
Carnegie Science, Monday 10 October 2016
Paris Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
European Commission, climate action, Tuesday 4 October 2016
Climate change and agricultural losses: what role for insurance? Extreme weather events, coupled with vulnerable and exposed socio-economic systems, can lead to significant negative economic impacts, particularly in the agriculture sector. These weather-related disasters are costly to prevent –and costly to recover from. The compound effect of socioeconomic dynamics and the intensification of extreme weather events as a result of human-induced climate change has inflated risk and damages.
CMCC (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici), Wednesday 28 September 2016
Adaptation Futures 2016 conference report available The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), the European Commission and the Netherlands co-organised the May 2016 Adaptation Futures Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The meeting report contains short reports of all sessions, key messages, and impressions from the Scientific and the Practice Advisory Committees.
Adaptation Futures 2016 conference, Wednesday 28 September 2016
Event report: Policy workshop on implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy The concluding workshop of the BASE project on implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy was designed to share experiences of climate adaptation in policy and practice from across Europe. The event report is now available.
Tuesday 27 September 2016
New public-private partnership launched to help communities bridge gap between climate data and resiliency planning White House OSTP and partners launch Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) to harness the data revolution for climate resilience by helping local governments access the best available information to manage climate risks. Future Earth is a partner on this effort.
Future Earth, Tuesday 27 September 2016
Soil modelling to help curb climate change Soil is a major carbon pool, whose impact on climate change is still not fully understood. According to a recent study, however, soil carbon stocks and could be modelled more accurately by factoring in the impacts of both soil nutrient status and soil composition. Determining the volume of carbon dioxide efflux from soil is important to enabling better choices in forest management with respect to curbing climate change.
Climate Guide Finland, Tuesday 27 September 2016
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