Societies worldwide have become more resilient to climate disasters but climate change is likely to result in an unprecedented rise in climate extremes, which will challenge the climate resilience and adaptive capacity of our societies.
Human activities exposes us to ever more frequent extreme events such as power black-outs, droughts or extended floods
This poses challenges to energy sustainability and actions to tackle climate change through renewable energies.
The workshop on extreme events and energy transitions aims at exploring how enable important advancements in this area by integration of complex system approaches with elements of social organisation and adaptation.
The Council today adopted conclusions welcoming the publication of the first joint synthesis report of the EU and its member states on ”Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world” as an important contribution to EU reporting at the High Level Political Forum in 2019.
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) supports local authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa in the climate challenge and in their efforts in ensuring access to clean energy. It is the “regional covenant” of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM). Under the CoM SSA, local authorities are invited to make a voluntarily political commitment to implement climate and energy actions in their communities and agree on a long-term vision to tackle 3 pillars, namely access to energy, climate mitigation and climate adaptation.
Illegal migration, fisheries control, maritime surveillance, environmental protection, oil spill response are just some of the challenges the coast guards have to deal with in their daily work. The eighth Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum plenary meeting held in Casablanca on 12-13 May 2019, addressed some of these issues and highlighted the importance of close cooperation among Coast Guards.
Cities in Poland have a tough task to make their infrastructure more climate-resilient. The LIFERADOMKLIMA PL project is supporting efforts by demonstrating ways to reduce flood risks and other climate impacts in the city of Radom, leaning on experience in other EU cities.
Greenland 22°C degrees hotter than normal, the Canadian and Siberian permafrost melting with unprecedented speed, local populations facing new challenges to survive, the European climate under the impact of the changing Arctic – the Arctic is ever more in the headlines. The EU-funded Arctic research projects met in Brussels to discuss synergies and common strategies to boost their impact on policy and people.
Under Directive (EU) 2016/2284, the Commission and the European Environment Agency shall review the national emission inventory data reported by Member States.This contract will cover four annual reviews covering the years 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. It will consist of a 4-year contract divided into 4 phases each covering the review of specified data for the calendar years identified. The start of a subsequent phase shall depend on the satisfactory completion of the prior phase. Accordingly, the tenderer will have to submit the financial value of each phase for information, in addition to the overall financial offer. Interim payments will be made upon completion of a phase.
A recent JRC article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe’s 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes.
Europe-China initiative marks World Environment Day by inaugurating multiple pilot resilience projects in Zhuhai city in southern China’s Guangdong province. The effort represents EC-Link’s ongoing initiative to build an EU-CHINA platform on resilient city development.
Climate change has big and long-term impacts on cities. EU-funded research aims to increase resilience, improving cities’ capacity to anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from related events such as droughts and heavy rain – protecting key infrastructure and lives.
JRC develops a new method to improve the early detection of floods up to 6 weeks ahead.
To improve and extend the forecasting skills in the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), the new method develops flood thresholds which are range-dependent and thus adaptive to the weather forecasts.
The ‘Normandy Index’ aims to measure the level of conflict in the world. It is to be presented for the first time on the occasion of the Normandy Global Peace Forum in June 2019, as a result of the partnership between the European Parliament and the region of Normandy. The Index has been designed and prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Last year’s special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C warns us about the serious and partly irreversible consequences that would arise from exceeding this threshold. It is just half a degree away from where we are now, yet we are headed for much higher temperature increase. This is well past what the ecosystems and humanity can tolerate and would eventually leave vast parts of our planet uninhabitable.