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New EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change 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.
European Commission, Wednesday 24 February 2021
Europe’s forests became more vulnerable to climate-related hazards Climate change has made more than half of Europe’s forests more vulnerable to hazards like fires, insect outbreaks, windthrows, or a combination of these three, according to a new study of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Tuesday 23 February 2021
Plant responses to climate are lagged 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 prioritize development of robust scenarios for the plant species that are critical to human well-being.
German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research, Monday 22 February 2021
Erratic weather slows down the economy If temperature varies strongly from day to day, the economy grows less. Through these seemingly small variations climate change may have strong effects on economic growth. This shows data analyzed by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Columbia University and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Tuesday 16 February 2021
Arctic permafrost releases more CO2 than once believed There may be greater CO2 emissions associated with thawing Arctic permafrost than ever imagined. An international team of researchers, has discovered that soil bacteria release CO2 previously thought to be trapped by iron. The finding presents a large new carbon footprint that is unaccounted for in current climate models.
University of Copenhagen, Tuesday 9 February 2021
Siberian inland waters are emitting high levels of greenhouse gasses New research shows that carbon emission rates in Western Siberia's inland rivers were higher than in lakes, that the combined emissions for the region were notably high, and that carbon emissions increased as the permafrost of the area increased.
Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC), Umeå University, Friday 5 February 2021
Alarming rise in global temperatures The United Nations Environment Programme published a story on global warming and climate change, which will be key topics of discussion at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly this month. With the speed at which temperatures are increasing, we may reach +1.5°C in the next 15 years.
United Nations Environment Programme, Thursday 4 February 2021
Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 The online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on 25 and 26 January convened global leaders and local stakeholders. The Adaptation Action Agenda was launched, setting out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.
CAS 2021, Friday 29 January 2021
Arc­tic warm­ing and di­min­ish­ing sea ice are in­flu­en­cing the at­mo­sphere Researchers of the University of Helsinki have resolved for the first time, how the environment affects the formation of nanoparticles in the Arctic. The results give additional insight into the future of melting sea ice and the Arctic atmosphere.
University of Helsinki, Friday 29 January 2021
Ireland’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions 6% lower due to the pandemic There were significant changes in energy-related emissions in Ireland, particularly transport and residential sector emissions, as a result of new living and work practices brought about by Covid-19. The overall reduction is comparable to that seen following the global financial crisis.
Environment Protection Agency Ireland, Friday 29 January 2021
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