General Climate News

  • 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

  • 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

  • CLARA climate services The CLARA project simplifies the use of climate services in five priority areas: disaster risk management, water resource management, air pollution control, renewable energy supply and food security. It builds upon established seasonal and decadal forecasts, as well as future climate projections of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
    CLARA, June 22, 2020

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation in fisheries and aquaculture In five online lessions, the FAO elearning Academy provides an overview of adaptation and mitigation strategies that can be implemented in response to climate change impacts on the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), June 16, 2020

  • EU Blue Economy Report 2020 The European Commission presents an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. It includes a chapter on the impact of climate change on the ocean. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health.
    European Commission, June 11, 2020

  • Extensive project on climate solutions in the land use sector in Finland The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland has launched an extensive package of climate measures for the agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use and maintain and strengthen carbon sinks and reservoirs. The net impact set as the target to 2035 for the additional measures is 3 Mt CO2 equivalent.
    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, June 11, 2020

  • Legacy effects of heat and drought on European ecosystem productivity A fast transition between wet winter conditions and extreme summer drought in spring 2018 promoted increased vegetation growth, which, in turn, contributed to fast soil moisture depletion, amplifying the summer drought in Europe. Future land-management strategies could influence patterns of summer heat waves and droughts under long-term warming, according to a new study led by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munic.
    Science Advances, June 10, 2020

  • Economics of Climate Adaptation The Economics of Climate Adaptation is a decision-making support tool. It helps to select the most appropriate and resilient investments, taking into account consequences of current and projected climatic conditions by integrating climate vulnerability and risk assessment with economic and sustainability impact studies.
    International Institute for Sustainable Development, June 09, 2020

  • Gender, climate & security: sustaining inclusive peace on the frontlines of climate change Climate change is a defining threat to peace and security in the 21st century – its impacts felt by everyone, but not equally. Gender norms and power dynamics shape how women and men of different backgrounds experience or contribute to insecurity in a changing climate. Grounded in a series of case studies from research and programming experience, this report offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how gender, climate and security are inextricably linked.
    United Nations, June 09, 2020

  • Climate information in support of COVID-19 research The Copernicus Climate Change Service has produced an app which allows users to explore the connections between temperature and humidity and COVID-19 mortality rates. The scientific studies on which the app is based suggest that, at least in the initial phase of this epidemic, the largest outbreaks occurred in regions characterised by average temperatures of 5–11°C and a specific humidity of 3–6 g/kg.
    Copernicus Climate Change Service, June 05, 2020