The cities Agios Dimitrios in Greece and Bottrop in Germany could not be more different for urban planners. Here a pulsating suburb of Athens with 200 days of sunshine, there a small Westphalian town in the Ruhr area. Nevertheless, Ilias Savvakis, secretary-general of Agios Dimitrios, is full of enthusiasm when he talks about joint projects in the fight against climate
Extreme weather conditions occur more frequently. Not only metropoles like Los Angeles, Basel, London or Vancouver, but also different German cities already have claimed the state of "Climate Emergency".
According to a new IPBES report, species extinction is taking place at an alarming rate. The greatest impact is due to changes in the use of land and sea, followed by direct exploitation of living organisms, climate change, pollution and invasive immigrant species. The importance of climate change will increase in the coming decades, that's why we have to act
Experts are certain that Europe's environment will suffer from Brexit. Emissions trading will become even weaker without the British, and pioneers like Germany, Sweden and France will now have to prove themselves even more, because no industrial nation is further ahead than the British when it comes to climate protection.
The EU sees climate change as a business opportunity and wants to promote new ideas. The "European Business Council" presented itself in Vienna for this purpose.
In 2013 the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) investigated trends in extreme weather events in Europe and implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies. Now, a study update found evidence for overall increases in the frequency and economic costs of extreme events.
The Italian city Naples has to cope with unbearable heat waves. In order to implement more climate adaptive planning, it needs to integrate urban regeneration and new construction processes. Here is a step-by-step methodology how CLARITY aims to realise a much "cooler" Naples.
Sweden suffers increasingly from climate change related hazards like floods and heavy rain. Many of these challenges could be tackled through the implementation of the “Green Area Factor”. GAF supports urban planners in taking possible hazards into account. It will change the way they work today.
The objective of the GAF is to develop a practical tool for use by city planners that is based on research data, takes into account local characteristics and does not discriminate against low-budget projects by favouring expensive ecological solutions.