Climate change in focus
Find out more about climate change in our feature articles. Up-to-date information can be found at the European Commission’s Environment website.
- Climate change's weather vane (04 Fev 2009)
Millions of us tune into TV channels everyday to find out what the weather has in store for us. A network of European weather presenters is tapping into the public trust associated with their profession and using their reach with viewers to raise awareness of climate change.
- Climate action now (13 Jan 2009)
Two large ice blocks captured the public's attention at the United Nations’ climate change conference in Poznan, Poland. The European Commission's exhibition was designed to show the effects of climate change on our planet.
- It’s our earth – with or without us (17 Dec 2008)
Would you like to be able to scan the carbon footprint of each product at the supermarket in an instant? A major exhibition in Brussels, looking at our impact on the planet, lets you do just that. The message is clear: Earth can survive without us, but we have no future without the Earth. So it is in our collective interest to ensure that our only home remains hospitable to human – and other forms of – life.
- Cars-to-go (12 Nov 2008)
Car-sharing schemes allow people the use of a vehicle when they need it, without the hassles and costs of ownership. These ‘pay-as-you-drive’ schemes cut down both on unnecessary car journeys and the total number of cars on the road – and so help to limit congestion, air pollution, and CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change.
- Gearing up for Green Travelling (16 Sep 2008)
Cities all over Europe and around the world are gearing up for the biggest global event dedicated to environmentally friendly travelling – European Mobility Week. Every year between September 16 and 22 people get to try alternative forms of transport and local authorities can test-run new ideas and find out what really works.
- Waste not, want not (29 Aug 2008)
It is easy to remember to turn off a tap. But have you ever stopped to think about the volume of water it takes to produce the food you eat, the clothes you wear, or the car your family drives? Most of the water you use is in this virtual footprint, and with climate change threatening one of our most precious, yet finite resources, the time has come to take action to stem the flow.
- Green Living (04 Aug 2008)
Our homes are capable of consuming huge amounts of energy and producing large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions. But they don't have to. Building in energy efficiency can shrink our carbon footprints.
- The people have their say on climate change (17 Jul 2008)
Given that climate change is something that affects us all, it's not surprising that we want to put our views forward on how to tackle it. In June, citizens had the chance to do just that when 500 people from all over Europe were invited to discuss the issue with members of the European Parliament, international experts and EU policy-makers.
- Green Week highlights need to use planet's resources more sustainably (26 Jun 2008)
The eighth edition of Green Week, the EU's biggest annual environmental event, which was held in Brussels from 3-6 June, drew more than 3,000 delegates to debate the latest developments and actions to protect the environment.
- Green Week 2008
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The EU’s biggest annual environmental event, held in Brussels. This year’s theme: “Only One Earth, don’t waste it”.
- Carbon capture and storage: a promising new technology to fight climate change (14 May 2008)
Scientists are warning that in order to prevent climate change from reaching disastrous proportions later this century, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases will need to be cut by at least half of 1990 levels by 2050.
- Reducing fuel consumption through eco-driving (14 May 2008)
Video car racing games conventionally run on a high-octane need for speed but a new PC simulator has a different goal – teaching users how to drive in a more environmentally benign way that saves on increasingly costly fuel. The simulator is one of the tools of the pan-European ECODRIVEN campaign.
- The Bali Roadmap: towards a new global climate change agreement (18 Mar 2008)
A crucial new phase in the international battle against global warming is about to start following the successful conclusion of December's United Nations climate change conference in Bali.
- Creating change (24 Jan 2008)
Using material like huge inflated balloons, recordings of the sound of icebergs melting, or fictional news reports from the future, an increasing number of artists around the world are turning their attention to climate change. Their works explore the implications for the natural world, people and society, both now and in the future. But what can art do in the face of climate change?
- The IPCC: the voice of authority on climate change (24 Jan 2008)
In November 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finalised its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), summarising six years of rigorous scientific research and analysis of the way the world’s climate is changing.
- Climate Action - Energy for a Changing World (23 Jan 2008)
On 23 January 2008 the European Commission proposed a major package of measures to achieve the EU's ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy.
- Saving every drop (15 Nov 2007)
Water is one of the essential building blocks of life on the planet. A serious effect of climate change is to reduce the level of fresh water available in many parts of the world, making it increasingly precious. Limiting water use has thus become a top priority in the fight against climate change.
- Valuing nature (24 Oct 2007)
Climate change is a major factor in reducing the variety of life on earth. With more species of plants and animals under threat than ever before, action is needed to stop the loss of nature and to help eco-systems adapt to climate change.
- To the ends of the Earth (01 Oct 2007)
The polar regions – the Arctic in the north and Antarctica in the south – are experiencing unprecedented environmental changes that will have big impacts on people, weather and ecosystems worldwide. For scientists, these regions are their most important sources of information for investigating climate change.
- Adapt to survive (01 Oct 2007)
Climate change is already happening, and that means we face a dual challenge. The world must sharply cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to prevent global warming from reaching catastrophic proportions later this century. And we need to adapt to current and future climatic changes in order to limit their adverse impacts on our daily lives, the economy and the environment.
- Leave the car at home (20 Sep 2007)
Making transport 'greener' can play a big role in fighting climate change as well as reducing air pollution. A number of innovative schemes across Europe are leading the way.