General Climate News


  • Climate change projected to set off substantial rise in methane emissions from wetlands A Joint Research Centre led study shows that by the end of this century, natural methane emissions from wetlands are projected to increase by up to 80%, compared with the beginning of the century, if no concrete actions are taken to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.
    EU Science Hub, July 29, 2020

  • European Green Capital and Green Leaf awards The European Green Capital award (for a city of 100,000+ inhabitants; €600,000) and European Green Leaf Award (for a city of 20,000 to 99,999 inhabitants; €200,000) can be applied for to enhance the cities’ environmental sustainability and to contribute to achieving their sustainability vision
    Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, July 27, 2020

  • Flood data from 500 years: Rivers and climate change in Europe A major international research project shows for the first time that flooding characteristics in recent decades are unlike those of previous centuries.
    TU Vienna, July 23, 2020

  • Datasets show: dry summer in 2018 reduced carbon uptake in Europe Datasets of ICOS show how the carbon dioxide concentration and exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere have developed over the years or in some cases even decades. The data also shows how the extremely dry summer conditions in Europe reduced the amount of carbon that forests and other ecosystems were able to absorb during summer 2018.
    Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), July 21, 2020

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost area larger than estimated earlier Plant roots in soil stimulate microbial decomposition, a mechanism called the priming effect. A recent study published in Nature Geoscience shows that the priming effect alone can cause emission of 40 billion tonnes carbon from permafrost by 2100.
    Aalto University, July 20, 2020

  • River plants counter both flooding and drought to protect biodiversity Research by NIOZ scientist Loreta Cornacchia, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in cooperation with Utrecht University and British and Belgian partners, shows how vegetation in streams can buffer water levels, by adjusting vegetation cover. By adapting the patterning of plant clumps to changes in discharge, river plants can both counter flooding as well as prevent drying out, thereby protecting biodiversity.
    Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), July 14, 2020

  • AgriAdapt webtool for adaptation Within the AgriAdapt project, supported by the LIFE program of the European Commission, French, Spanish, German and Estonian partners developed an interactive tool to support climate-resilience in the agriculture sector. The tool integrates the experiences of 120 pilot farms working in livestock, arable and permanent crops in four different climatic areas.
    AgriAdapt, July 06, 2020

  • Climate change makes reducing eutrophication even more important Significant reductions in nutrient discharges from the land will result in reduced eutrophication in the Baltic Sea and a better marine environment by 2100, regardless how serious the effects of climate change are. These are the findings of research carried out by Stockholm University’s Baltic Sea Centre and SMHI, which is now being summarised in a report and a policy brief.
    Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, June 29, 2020

  • Climate extremes will cause forest changes The past five years were among the warmest in Central Europe, of which 2018 was the most extreme one. Forests showed severe signs of drought stress and mortality of trees will continue for several years, according to a study led by Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.
    Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, June 25, 2020

  • New opportunities for ocean and climate modelling The new modular system FOCI (Flexible Ocean and Climate Infrastructure), allows climate investigations to be carried in a flexible way with varying levels of complexity. The system consists of different components that can be adapted and used in different disciplines, depending on the research question and available computing power.
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, June 24, 2020