Climate change is increasingly becoming a health hazard for humans, which show numerous scientific studies in the magazine "The Lancet". Because of the rising temperatures, researchers expect tropical diseases to spread. In 2017, extreme weather events led to a global loss of around 288 million euros.
Lena Strömbäck works for the Swedish national meteorological organization SMHI. At CLARITY she supports infrastructure projects in the EU to adapt to climate change.
Out of recycled material (rice chaff) researchers build bat-houses in agricultural lands and help farmers to control rice pests using an ecofriendly approach. Bats on rice fields eat the harmful insects that destroy the rice. The adapted bat boxes don’t get more than 40 degrees inside even with a heat wave.
It is too late to act when the fire has already erupted. MeteoGRID is the Spanish meteorological service that analyses environmental risks and extreme weather events due to climate change. For CLARITY they have the task to prevent Spanish highways from forest fires.
With temperatures on the rise cities in Europe face severe consequences from heat waves and heat islands. The project ADAPT-UHI in Austria addresses small to medium sized cities, which struggle the most with funding climate change adaption.
Heat waves and extreme precipitation are causing cities all over the world to suffer. Builders and architects therefore must include green areas for new projects. In Vienna, a research team is going one step further. They are outlining the city’s climate up to the year 2100. It could become a model for other cities.