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JRC's World Atlas of Desertification shows land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures.
©European Union, 2018
Jun 21 2018
A new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification; a tool for decision makers to improve local responses to soil loss and land degradation.
European fires are set to increase in size and scope, putting lives and livelihoods at risk
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Mar 07 2018
Adapting our land use and mitigating the effects of climate change are key to minimising fire danger in Europe
The study highlights the need to prepare effective adaptation plans for a likely increase of floods in Europe
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Jan 29 2018
Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years, even under an optimistic climate change scenario of 1.5°C warming compared to pre-industrial levels.
The report presents lessons learnt on disaster preparedness from non-nuclear emergencies
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Jan 17 2018
The JRC joins forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assess similarities in emergency preparedness and response across sectors, identify lessons learned and set out good practices for the nuclear sector.
Different natural hazards impact the grid in different ways
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Jan 04 2018

Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts can trigger accidents and bring economic activity to a halt.

River and coastal floods will remain the most critical hazard in many floodplains and coastal stretches of western, central, and Eastern Europe
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Nov 28 2017

Damage to critical infrastructure caused by climate hazards could triple by the 2020s and multiply over ten-fold by the end of the century.

Millions to be exposed to extreme Humidity and heat globally
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Aug 08 2017
Heatwaves amplified by high humidity can reach above 40°C and may occur as often as every two years, leading to serious risks for human health. If global temperatures rise by 4°C, a new super heatwave of 55°C may regularly impact many parts of the world, including Europe.
Weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the Europeans
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Aug 05 2017

Weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the European population annually by the end of this century. This could result in a 50-fold increase in fatalities compared to today if no measures are taken, according to a new study by the Joint Research Centre – the science and knowledge service of the European Commission. 

Amatrice on 24 August 2016 after the earthquake
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May 24 2017

One out of three people in the world is exposed to earthquakes, a number which almost doubled in the past 40 years. Around 1 billion in 155 countries are exposed to floods and 414 million live near one of the 220 most dangerous volcanoes. The 2017 edition of the JRC Atlas of the Human Planet looks at the exposure of people and built-up areas to the six major natural hazards, and its evolution over the last 40 years.

Better integration of knowledge and science into policy helps save lives
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May 23 2017

Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. How much do we know about them? And how can we use that knowledge to save lives and money? A recent report, compiled by the European Commission's Science and Knowledge Service (JRC), seeks to answer these and other questions and to help prepare for the time when disaster strikes.


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