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New call for city twinning on climate change adaptation Mayors Adapt has launched a new series of city twinning activities and is calling for cities to participate. The call for applications runs until 12 September 2016, and the activities will take place between November 2016 and 20 January 2017.
Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Thursday 25 August 2016
NASA Monitors the 'New Normal' of Sea Ice This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May. The melt slowed down in June, however, making it highly unlikely that this year’s summertime sea ice minimum extent will set a new record.
NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center, Friday 19 August 2016
Use of Climate Projections in Local Adaptation Planning: Lessons from England & Germany A study of adaptation in local government in the UK and Germany found that existing policy, legal and regulatory frameworks limit the use of climate projections in local adaptation planning in either country. Political and economic constraints strongly affect the usefulness of climate information for adaptation decision-making.
Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Friday 19 August 2016
Pacific sea level predicts global temperature changes Sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global surface temperatures, according to a new paper. Scientists knew both the rate at which global surface temperature is rising and sea level in the Pacific varied, but had not connected the two phenomena. The researchers estimate by the end of 2016, average surface temperature will increase up to 0.5 F (0.28 C) more than in 2014.
University of Arizona , Thursday 18 August 2016
Thin tropical clouds cool the climate Thin clouds at about 5 km altitude are more ubiquitous in the tropics than previously thought and they have a substantial cooling effect on climate. The cooling effect of mid-level clouds is currently missing in global climate models.
Stockholm University, Wednesday 17 August 2016
The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite will soon be operative The weather in urban areas is different from the weather in the countryside. The urban heat island effect is the best-known urban weather phenomenon. And cities also have their own wind climate, water balance and carbon budget. These have a major effect on the air quality, comfort level, urban water management, energy use and sustainability of a city. Together, they create the environmental quality, liveability and economic potential of neighbourhoods and districts. In order to chart these aspects of the weather in Amsterdam over a long period, the Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite will soon be installed by employees of the Meteorology and Air Quality Group at Wageningen University.
Wageningen UR, Tuesday 16 August 2016
How will climate change and other environmental changes affect vegetation? Climate change and other environmental changes can have major impacts on plant communities. Researchers have assessed current methods of understanding the impact of these global changes on vegetation and outlined the implications for future research.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Friday 12 August 2016
Historically robust natural ecosystems could collapse due to climate change and human activity Global change will strike the oldest and most complex ecosystems of the world hardest, regardless of their past stability. This alarming finding is reported in a JRC-led article published in Nature Communications today.
EC Joint Research Centre, Thursday 11 August 2016
Report on European perceptions of climate change: profiles for France, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom The purpose of this project report is to provide a detailed overview of the sociopolitical context in each of the four participating nations.
European Perceptions of Climate Change project (EPCC), Thursday 11 August 2016
Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy On 20 July the Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe.
EC, Joint Research Centre, Wednesday 20 July 2016
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