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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats for humanity, seriously affecting people and nature. With the European Green Deal the EU strives for keeping our planet healthy and aspires to become the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by 2050. Despite this ambition and the target of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to keep global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are still growing. Global temperature is now around 1°C higher compared to the preindustrial era and if adequate mitigation strategies are not introduced, global warming could reach 3°C or more by the end of this century.
As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission announced the adoption of a new, more ambitious EU strategy on adaptation to climate change. It was also acknowledged in the Commission proposal for the EU Climate Law as an essential part of efforts to increase the EU’s climate ambition for 2030 and 2050, as climate change will continue to create significant stress problems in Europe and beyond in spite of the mitigation efforts. An Open Public Consultation to inform the design of the new strategy (expected to be adopted by end-2020 or beginning-2021) is running until mid-August. The Inception Impact Assessment of the strategy is also available for consultation and feedback.
The PESETA IV study aims to better understand the effects of climate change on Europe, for a number of climate change impact sectors, and how these effects could be avoided with mitigation and adaptation policies.
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