The 9th Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform Roundtable meeting

  The 9th Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform Roundtable meeting takes place in Riga, Latvia,  on 16th Of November 2018 at the at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia The main focus of the meeting will be on the progress of the national adaptation and mitigation policy developments in the BSR countries and the role of the local government on rising resilience to climate change. For more information on the meeting contact Valdur.Lahtvee@cbss.org more

Nordic solutions for robust societies 5th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: October 23-25 2018, Norrköping, Sweden

The conference was a meeting place for all who work on climate change adaptation, within the fields of science, in local communities, governments and municipal administration, in ministries and national authorities, politics, businesses, industry and NGOs. Presentations from the conference are now available here. more

Climate change could accelerate faster than predicted, new research into world’s oceans warns

The world’s oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously estimated, suggesting global warming and climate change could accelerate faster than predicted, according to new research. The results suggest over the past 27 years, the world’s oceans have retained 60 per cent more heat each year than research teams had previously thought. The study, published in the journal Nature, says the world’s oceans took up more than 13 zettajoules – which is a joule, the standard unit of energy, followed by 21 zeroes – of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016. more

2018 Arctic summertime sea ice minimum extent tied for sixth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice, the cap of frozen seawater blanketing most of the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas in wintertime, follows seasonal patterns of growth and decay. It thickens and spreads during the fall and winter and thins and shrinks during the spring and summer. But in the past decades, increasing temperatures have led to prominent decreases in the Arctic sea ice extents, with particularly rapid decreases in the minimum summertime extent. The shrinking of the Arctic sea ice cover can ultimately affect the planet’s weather patterns and the circulation of the oceans. More about thinning Arctic sea ice could be read from NASA Arctic Ice News more

Deadly forest fires are burning across Europe

An intense heat wave is sweeping over Europe, triggering deadly fires across the region. In Greece, a state of emergency was declared on Monday as huge forest fires killed 74 people across several towns and sent thousands running to escape flames devastating entire villages. But Greece isn’t the only European country sweltering. Roaring temperatures and weeks of drought contributed to several major wildfires across Sweden over the last week and, according to AccuWeather, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Stockholm are expected to have their highest temperatures of the year this week. Look situation today from online map of global  forest fires more

Study Highlights the Rising Danger of Deadly River Floods With Global Warming

Global human and economic losses from river floods are set to rise in coming years, even with the most optimistic climate outlook, says a study led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change (Dottori et al, 2018). The JRC-led study estimates global human and economic losses from river floods for Specific Warming Levels (SWLs), from the Paris Agreement targets (1.5 and 2°C) to a 3°C warmer world, and finds that, from the current global yearly average of 5,700 deaths from river flooding, annual deaths could rise by 83% at 1.5°C global warming, 124% at 2°C, and 265% at 3°C. Estimates of immediate economic costs and long term impacts tell a similar story. Depending on the socio-economic scenario, at 1.5°C warming direct flood damage is set to rise by 160–240%. Longer-term welfare losses (i.e. reduction in consumption compared to the scenario without […] more