General Climate Change News

EU reveals exceptional nature, environment and climate action projects The EU’s LIFE programme has announced the winners of the 2020 LIFE Awards. The LIFE Award for Climate Action goes to the Hungarian project FIRELIFE, which focuses on providing information to teachers, social workers, farmers, and forest fire prevention experts to enhance forest fire prevention across the country.
European Commission, Thursday 22 October 2020
Bavarian village prepares for climate change Flood defences are being built in the German village of Theuern in Bavaria as part of efforts to adapt to climate change, with the help of the European Regional Development Fund.
European Commission, Wednesday 21 October 2020
The Netherlands in 2120, a vision to adapt to climate change Wageningen University & Research has drafted a vision on what it believes a climate-proof Netherlands could look like in 2120. Green cities, circular agriculture, and more forests, water and swamps are feasible in 100 year from now. Similar vision building will be used for European purposes as well in the future.
Wageningen University & Research, Wednesday 14 October 2020
Climate change undermines the safety of buildings and infrastructure in Europe Higher temperatures will accelerate corrosion of buildings, and will expose infrastructure to higher stresses, thus undermining the safety of constructions. Researchers of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, co-authored two studies, suggesting a review of the EU standards for structural design.
Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Wednesday 14 October 2020
Thaw­ing per­ma­frost re­leases or­ganic com­pounds into the air When permafrost thaws due to global warming, not only greenhouse gases, but also organic compounds are released from the soil. They may have a significant impact on climate change, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki.
University of Helsinki, Tuesday 13 October 2020
A new interactive tool for climate action in the Alps The Alpine Climate Board has set up a dedicated website to establish an Alpine climate action community, and facilitate its involvement in the implementation of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 towards climate neutral and climate resilient Alps. The website is built around 30 implementation pathways, i.e. sequences of concrete short- and mid-term measures towards the targets.
Alpine Climate, Monday 12 October 2020
Europe urgently needs to step up adaptation to climate change impacts Despite the increasing awareness of climate change impacts and the need to adapt, many of Europe’s cities and towns are struggling to handle the impacts of heatwaves, severe droughts and destructive floods. Two new European Environment Agency (EEA) reports stress the urgent need for action to improve adaptation and resilience at local and national government levels.
European Environment Agency (EEA), Monday 12 October 2020
When floods strike, LIFE is there to help In Europe, floods are on the rise due to climate change. These extreme weather events often result in human tragedy, loss of life and economic losses. The environment also suffers with wildlife habitats being destroyed and water bodies being polluted. Several LIFE projects are working hard to alleviate the situation.
European Commission, Monday 12 October 2020
Climate risk drivers, hazards, and consequences in the Baltic Sea Region The EU project Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaption and Development (CASCADE) reports an overview on the climate risks drivers, hazards and consequences in the Baltic Sea Region. The report illustrates cascading consequences of climate hazards for the region by collecting local examples.
CASCADE, Friday 9 October 2020
Meltwater lakes are accelerating glacier ice loss Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to an international team of researchers, led by the University of Leeds.
University of Leeds, Thursday 8 October 2020
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