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Residential building in the public green park during sunrise
Landscape around Hescborn, Germany
Mar 26 2019

The Joint Research Centre, the European Environment Agency and the Directorate-General for Environment joined efforts to deliver a comprehensive report providing methodological guidance to support the strategic deployment of green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration in Europe. 

Water purification, storage and drainage, flood mitigation, heat regulation and improved air quality, crop pollination, recreational spaces - these are just some of the fundamental services provided by green infrastructure in urban and rural areas.

In the immediate aftermath of UNFCCC COP24, JRC scientists co-authored new research that sheds light on the potential of the agricultural sector in improving global mitigation efforts.
Dec 17 2018

The Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24), which ended last week, finalised the rules for implementing the Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

Emission mitigation policies in the agricultural sector need to be carefully designed to ensure global food security
Emission mitigation policies in the agricultural sector need to be carefully designed to ensure global food security
Aug 01 2018

Climate change can directly exacerbate food insecurity due to crop production-related impacts of, for example, warmer and drier conditions. Efforts to mitigate climate change through comprehensive, economy-wide greenhouse gas emission mitigation policies, however, may also negatively affect food security, due to indirect impacts on prices and supplies of key agricultural commodities.

Soil is increasingly being recognised as a source and sink of greenhouse gases
Jul 20 2018

Speakers at last week's high-level stakeholder consultation conference on the EU’s long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lamented the fact that the importance of soil in climate change, global warming and prosperity is severely underestimated in EU policy.

Andrea Kohl, Programme Director at the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and speaker at the conference, is quoted as saying “Soil is a completely underestimated issue when we talk about climate change”*.

Mar 14 2017

Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.

New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.

Mar 14 2017

Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.

New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.

Apr 18 2016

Researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have joined forces with different European modelling groups to produce a new and more consistent set of multiple climate-hazard modelling data. The key findings of the study, recently published in Climatic Change and presented today at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, show that in the coming decades Europe will be much more frequently exposed to extreme weather events as a result of climate change.

Feb 05 2016

A recently published JRC article describes a new method to assess and predict the economic and physical damages caused by droughts. The tool could help policymakers develop drought management practices that would help improve food and energy security and adapt to climate change.

Forest on a hill
Dec 22 2014

The JRC recently published an article on the use of pan-tropical biomass maps to report greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Dec 18 2014

A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA, to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought understanding, monitoring, forecasting and management.