General Climate News
New film about adaptation in Sweden The film "Adapt to a future climate – examples from municipalities” offers an introduction to how society can be adapted to a changing climate and why it is important. Representatives from several Swedish municipalities present how they have dealt with some of their challenges. The film has been produced by Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, June 23, 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
Participation processes on climate change adaptation: reflection and recommendations The study presents an analysis of 22 participation processes on adaptation to climate change in Germany and gives recommendations for improving such processes. The results indicate that the use of visioning methods seems suitable for motivating climate adaptation measures. An English summary can be found on page 5.
German Federal Environment Agency, June 15, 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