General Climate News

  • 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, September 09, 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, September 09, 2020

  • Reward for climate-friendly behaviours in Finland The CitiCap initiative invites inhabitants of Lahti to track their carbon emissions through an app that detects their transport behaviour. Weekly carbon quotas can turn into budget for the swimming pool, bus tickets, or a piece of cake in one of the city's cafés.
    Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, September 08, 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, September 08, 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, September 07, 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, September 01, 2020

  • Sea level rise matches worst-case scenario Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica whose melting rates are rapidly increasing have raised global sea level by 1.8 cm since the 1990s, and are matching worst-case climate warming scenarios.
    University of Leeds, August 31, 2020

  • UNDRR/ISC publication ‘The hazard definition and classification review’ This United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and International Science Council (ISC) technical report supports the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by providing a common set of hazard definitions.
    United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, August 15, 2020

  • Europarc seminar-dialogue — Biodiversity, climate and protected areas towards 2030 European Commission representatives and protected areas professionals debated the role of protected areas and Natura 2000 in the new EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and in EU climate policies.
    EUROPARC, August 15, 2020

  • COVID-19 lockdowns might not influence climate change A study led by the University of Leeds found that the plummeting GHG emissions will do nothing to slow climate change unless we move away from fossil fuels. Using global mobility data on travel and work patterns from Google and Apple, researchers calculated how 10 different GHGs and air pollutants changed between February and June 2020 in 123 countries.
    European Commission, August 13, 2020