General Climate News

Investments in climate services for agriculture and food security outweigh costs Weather and climate services are vital for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The benefits of investment greatly outweigh the cost, and yet the capacity to deliver and access these services is uneven and inadequate, according to an inaugural report on the State of Climate Services.
CCAFS research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Tuesday 3 December 2019
New publication aims at bringing nature back to urban spaces The Province of Barcelona (European Covenant of Mayors Coordinator) has just published the book "Renaturing Cities", to provide urban planners with support on the application of nature based solutions to city planning. Accessible in English, Spanish and Catalan.
Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Monday 2 December 2019
Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation New article in the Journal of Cleaner Production by NATURVATION researchers explores targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation. This paper examines the integration of nature-based approaches for climate change adaptation into municipalities’ daily planning practices and associated governance.
Naturvation, Thursday 28 November 2019
Nine climate tipping points now “active”, warn scientists More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active”, a group of leading scientists have warned. This threatens the loss of the Amazon rainforest and the great ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, which are currently undergoing measurable and unprecedented changes much earlier than expected. This “cascade” of changes sparked by global warming could threaten the existence of human civilizations.
University of Exeter, Wednesday 27 November 2019
Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach yet another high Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high. This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems.
WMO, Monday 25 November 2019
Conclusions of OPCC 2019 Colloquium on Climate Change in Mountain Areas On 22 and 23 October, the OPCC had a colloquium at the Congress Centre at Jaca. The OPCC presented its second report which illustrates the final results of the OPCC 2 and its associated projects, namely the REPLIM projects on lakes and peatlands, CLIMPY on climate change in the Pyrenees, CANOPEE on Pyrenean forests, FLORAPYR on Pyrenean flora, and PIRAGUA on the evolution of the hydrological cycle in the Pyrenees.
OPCC, Friday 15 November 2019
EU steps up cooperation with U.S. Climate Alliance On 8 November 2019, the EU hosted a forum in Washington DC, where practitioners shared experiences to improve overall resilience and decrease the cost of response to climate impacts. The workshop explored deepened cooperation with the U.S. Climate Alliance to build resilience through dialogue and technical exchange.
European External Action Service, Thursday 14 November 2019
EU invests €240 million for nature, environment and climate action This autumn more than 120 new projects will be funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, helping Europe shift to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Approximately €240 million will go to projects in the fields of nature and biodiversity, environment and resource efficiency, and climate action, mobilising additional investments in these areas.
European Commission, Wednesday 13 November 2019
High-level synthesis report of latest climate science information released The Science Advisory Group to UN Climate Action Summit 2019 have convened the report United in Science to assemble the key scientific findings of recent work undertaken by major partner organizations in the domain of global climate change research, including the World Meteorological Organization, UN Environment, Global Carbon Project, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Future Earth, Earth League and the Global Framework for Climate Services.
WMO, Tuesday 12 November 2019
Plants and fungi together could slow climate change A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change.
IIASA, Thursday 7 November 2019