General Climate News

  • More action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from environmental hazards Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures. The European Environment Agency report ' Unequal exposure and unequal impacts: social vulnerability to air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures in Europe’ warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards.
    European Environment Agency, February 06, 2019

  • Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world An analysis of satellite data has revealed global patterns of extreme rainfall, which could lead to better forecasts and more accurate climate models.
    Imperial College London, January 30, 2019

  • OPCC2 report released on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Pyrenees The average temperature in the Pyrenees has increased by 30% more than the world average in the last 50 years, and half of the glaciers have disappeared in the last 35 years; facts provided by the report 'Climate change in the Pyrenees: impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation', representing a broad scientific consensus for the Pyrenean territory and which has been coordinated by the Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC).
    Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory, January 14, 2019

  • Climate Portal - Compass for a climate-proof and resilient Flanders The Flanders policy makers have been preparing for a while climate adaptation plans to coop with the effects of climate change in this part of Belgium. A huge amount of data and information is required to help them guiding these plans. For that the Climate Portal Flanders has been developed and brings together essential climate information and displays it spatially wherever possible.
    Flanders Environment Agency, January 10, 2019

  • Closing the loop on critical materials for renewable energy tech: 10 key factors A new study lists 10 factors to help create a closed-loop supply chain for critical materials. However, interviews with key actors in supply chains for photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines suggest that manufacturers and recyclers hold different perspectives on these factors. The research highlights the importance of cooperation between supply-chain actors, as well as investment in technologies and infrastructure for closed-loop supply chains.
    "Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, January 10, 2019

  • French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change for the period 2018-2022 launched The objective of the second French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (PNACC-2) for the period 2018-2022, launched in December 2018, is to better prepare the French society to climate change, involving the main sectors of the economy (agriculture, industry, tourism) and territories. Based on the recommendations of the assessment of PNACC 2011-2015, the development of PNACC-2 was based on a national consultation that mobilized over 300 representatives from civil society, experts and representatives of local authorities and ministries.
    Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, January 09, 2019

  • Using drones to tackle climate change Scientists are using drones to survey woody climbing plants and better understand how they may affect the carbon balance of tropical rainforests.
    University of Nottingham, January 09, 2019

  • Climate model uncertainties ripe to be squeezed The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new study.
    University of Exeter, January 07, 2019

  • European wheat lacks climate resilience Researchers have found that current breeding programs and cultivar selection practices do not provide the needed resilience to climate change.
    Aarhus University, January 02, 2019

  • Mountain adaptation: Vulnerable peaks and people The Mountain Adaptation Synthesis Report published by UNEP and GRID-Arendal was launched at the International Mountain Day, as side event during the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice in December 2018. The situations in mountain areas worldwide differ vastly, but they share a particularly high vulnerability and common adaptation focus.
    GRID-Arendal, December 21, 2018