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Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium According to this report, climate change in Belgium will mainly be felt through heat waves, floods and droughts. Warmer and drier summers, and milder and wetter winters are becoming normal. These impacts will affect a large number of sectors, resulting in major costs but also benefits, with costs dominating strongly. Well-considered and fair adaptation measures are required.
Adapt2Climate, Friday 11 September 2020
Global CO2 emissions continue to rise but EU bucks global trend Global greenhouse gas emissions grow steadily, mainly due to the increase in CO2 emissions from China, India and other emerging economies. Fossil CO2 emissions of the EU Member States and the UK fell by nearly 3.8% in 2019 compared to 2018, suggesting that the EU has succeeded in decoupling economic growth from climate changing emissions.
European Commission, Wednesday 9 September 2020
Strategic Foresight Report towards a more resilient Europe The European Commission identified emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union’s strategic choices. It considers EU resilience in four dimensions: social and economic, geopolitical, green, and digital. Green resilience entails mitigation and adaptation to climate change, which will be monitored by a so-called 'resilience dashboard'.
European Commission, Wednesday 9 September 2020
Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe and contribute to 13 % of deaths. An integrated approach to environment and health policies is needed to tackle environmental risks, protect the most vulnerable and fully realise the benefits that nature offers in support of health and well-being.
European Environment Agency, Tuesday 8 September 2020
Drought in Europe decreases carbon uptake and crop yields A set of studies show how nature and crops in Europe respond to extremely dry conditions. In 2018, vegetation’s carbon sink function decreased by 18 percent, and crops produced the lowest yields in decades. These results are significant since extreme droughts will likely happen much more frequently in the future.
Integrated Carbon Observation System, Monday 7 September 2020
EEA report 'Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies along the adaptation policy cycle' This report provides an overview of country developments in terms of strategies and plans for climate change adaptation and their implementation. The report brings together lessons learned and a future outlook on adaptation monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national and European level.
European Environment Agency, Tuesday 1 September 2020
Nature-based solutions for climate mitigation The potential for Naturebased Solutions to play an important role in addressing climate mitigation is receiving increasing research, policy and public attention. Drawing on research and innovation projects taking place in Europe, this report examines what works on the ground, as well as the challenges that have been faced and how these might be overcome.
European Union, Friday 17 July 2020
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