General Climate News
UN Synergies Webinar Explores Climate-Health-Growth Nexus The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UNFCCC Secretariat held the first in a series of consultations on synergies between the SDGs and climate action. The webinar highlighted the role of climate and SDG synergies in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Institute for Sustainable Development, June 04, 2020
Making sense of climate scenarios: new toolkit available for decision makers To make climate scenarios work for decision makers, an international team of researchers has developed a comprehensive interactive online platform. The SENSES platform is the first of its kind to provide the tools to use scenarios, ranging from climate impacts to mitigation and energy options to a broader public beyond science.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, June 03, 2020
Climate change could cause abrupt British vegetation shifts Up to now, climate-driven abrupt shifts in vegetation have been rare in Great Britain. However, the University of Exeter found that even gradual climate change could lead to sudden changes in the amount of vegetation in some parts of Great Britain. Since they found early warning signals as well, there is potential to predict abrupt vegetative shifts. But for now, the model merely illustrates that it could happen.
University of Exeter, May 29, 2020
Climate change leads to shorter and younger trees In a study published in Science magazine, researchers showed how rising temperatures and carbon dioxide have been altering forests. Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems.
University of Birmingham, May 29, 2020
European City Facility – First call for applications is open The European City Facility supports local authorities and their groupings from the EU-27 and the UK in developing investment concepts for sustainable energy. Successful applicants will benefit from capacity building and peer learning activities for developing sound investment packages and receive financial aid of up to EUR 60,000.
Covenant of Mayors, May 27, 2020
World can likely capture and store enough carbon dioxide to meet climate targets The world is currently on track to fulfil scenarios on diverting atmospheric CO2 to underground reservoirs, according to a new study by Imperial College London. Carbon capture and storage would be used alongside other interventions such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and electrification of the transportation sector.
Imperial College London, May 21, 2020
Knowledge management roadmap for climate action Addressing the climate crisis will require readily access to data and information. The PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction (2015-2020) presents steps to take for fast and efficient knowledge discovery and learning by content-sharing platforms, portals, projects and organisations related to climate action.
PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction, May 19, 2020