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The European Commission presents a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation

The European Commission has published a policy booklet presenting a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation. Mitigating the impacts of impacts of climate change and adapting to changes already taking place or impossible to avoid require fundamental changes to societies and behaviours all over the world – as well as scientific breakthroughs, both technological and social. The projects in the booklet have provided information on risks and impacts of global warming above 1.5°C/2°C and the costs and benefits of adaptation. They have helped to make our crops and forests more resilient to climate change, improved the capacity to protect our societies from climate-related threats, and fostered the development of nature-based solutions and climate services to support decision-making.

The booklet has been published to coincide with the UNFCCC 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice (Poland), and shortly after the European Commission published an evaluation of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change and its strategic vision for a new EU long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Independent experts make research and innovation recommendations for achieving emissions goals

A panel of independent experts on decarbonisation has published a report on the role of research and innovation in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as the R&I priorities that will put the EU at a competitive advantage in the decarbonisation race. The report recommends engaging in a race to the top in innovation for decarbonisation, giving priority to zero-carbon solutions by developing diverse portfolios of zero-carbon technologies, emphasising system-level innovation and investments in high-value segments of the value chains, within the 2050 timeframe.

The report has been published together with the Commission Strategy ‘A Clean Planet for All’ for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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Commission calls out to innovators to develop early warning system for epidemics

European Commission launched a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system for epidemics. By use of Copernicus and GEOSS earth observation data the system shall be able to forecast and monitor outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue or yellow fever.

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Commission addresses regulatory barriers to innovation by signing second Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles

Today, the European Commission takes another step to help overcome perceived regulatory barriers to innovation. An Innovation Deal will be signed this afternoon by eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands, aiming to tackle whether regulation is conducive to environment-friendly and industrially-efficient recycling and re-use of electric vehicle batteries.

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Algeria joins PRIMA research and innovation partnership

The European Union and Algeria signed last week an international agreement on Algeria's participation in the 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' (PRIMA). This makes Algeria the first third country not associated to Horizon 2020 to participate in this partnership. The initiative will focus on developing much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems in the Mediterranean. PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation framework programme.

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18 December

Better hydraulic research to reduce risks of flooding

ImageWith countries facing greater risks of flooding due to climate change, an EU-funded project is promoting access to experimental hydraulic research facilities, bringing researchers together and accelerating the application of cutting-edge science to speed up adaptation to climate change.

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