General Climate News

Copernicus Climate Change Service project SWICCA case study on the brewery chain This SWICCA case study is aiming to develop a future proof region with a sustainable economic growth in the brewery chain in the Netherlands. Knowledge on climate change impacts and tools were offered to visualize climate projections making visible how the area may develop under climate change.
C3S SWICCA project, Wednesday 24 May 2017
Climate change: Extreme rainfall will vary between regions A new study by researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich shows that the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3 to 15 percent, depending on region, for every degree Celsius that the planet warms. Reference: S. Pfahl, P. A. O’Gorman, E. M. Fischer. Understanding the regional pattern of projected future changes in extreme precipitation. Nature Climate Change, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3287
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Friday 19 May 2017
Study: The economic impact of climate change on European agriculture A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered. Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive to climate change and could suffer value losses of up to 9% per 1 °C rise. The researchers say policy, on water and land use, for example, will be crucial to help farmers adapt to climate change and mitigate economic losses. Reference: Van Passel, S., Massetti, E. & Mendelsohn, R. (2016). A Ricardian Analysis of the Impact of Climate Change on European Agriculture. Environmental and Resource Economics. DOI 10.1007/s10640-016-0001-y
Science for Environment Policy, Issue 488, 18 May 2017, Friday 19 May 2017
Dams are major driver of global environmental change Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world's carbon cycle and climate system that aren't being accounted for, a new study concludes. Reference: 1.Taylor Maavara, Ronny Lauerwald, Pierre Regnier, Philippe Van Cappellen. Global perturbation of organic carbon cycling by river damming. Nature Communications, 2017; 8: 15347 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15347
University of Waterloo, Canada, Thursday 18 May 2017
Urban Water Atlas for Europe - 360° view on water management in cities The European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities.
EU science hub, Wednesday 10 May 2017
Open European Day 2017 about innovation, co-creation and transformation in resilient cities held in Bonn The fourth edition of the Open European Day at the Bonn Resilient Cities Conference, organised by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and co-organised by RESIN and PLACARD projects, brought together more than 130 participants representing European municipalities, urban adaptation experts, adaptation funding providers, policy-makers, academia and the private sector.
ICLEI, Monday 8 May 2017
Alpine fauna and flora need ecological connectivity to face climate change The Ecological Connectivity Platform of the Alpine Convention has released a statement emphasizing the need for ecological corridors or “stepping stones” between protected areas, in order for populations to adapt to the habitat shifts caused by climate change.
Alpine Convention, Monday 8 May 2017
LIFE LOCAL ADAPT: Integration of climate change adaptation into the work of local authorities Within the LIFE LOCAL ADAPT project, six partners from four countries (Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic and Latvia) will identify and test different approaches to support small and medium sized municipalities to cope with the expected impacts of future climate change.
LIFE LOCAL ADAPT, Monday 1 May 2017
Flood risks: a new national warning tool against flash floods for local authorities Floods can be the cause of dramatic situations, bringing death and significant material damage with them. Within this context, flash floods caused by heavy rain over a very short period of time, sometimes the equivalent of several months’ rainfall in several hours, often affect small river basins. To improve responses to situations such as the one in October 2015 on the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes region, the government has recently launched Vigicrues Flash, integrating and improving the AIGA method (Adapting Geographical Information for Flood Alerts) initially developed by Irstea and Météo France. This new warning system is capable of monitoring 13,000 river segments across the French mainland, or over 30,000 km of rivers spread across 10,000 municipalities.
Irstea, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, France, Sunday 30 April 2017
Wanted: cleantech heroes! Counter climate change with your idea Also worried about climate change? Do you have a fresh, innovative or bold idea to address climate change and do you want to take this idea into actions? Then participate in the Climate Launch Pad 2017.
Climate Launch Pad 2017, Friday 28 April 2017