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.
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.
Earthquakes, Seastorms and active volcanos. The Italian area of Napoli is known for its expansive natural hazards. The company EUREKA is aiming to segment risks in the area. Its approach could make construction projects in the European Union safer in the future.
The European IT-Service corporation Atos is one of the 17 partners in the CLARITY project. It is a huge company with many different fields, specialized in IT-solutions for environment. Miguel Esbrí and his team develop the dissemination and CSIS for CLARITY - find out what is the status quo.
At Lisbon’s University the research group “AdaptForChange” has realized a project about reforesting semiarid areas in Portugal. One year later, the study shows first success in fighting future desertification due to climate change.
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.
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.
Rosmarie De Wit from the Austrian meteorological organisation ZAMG visited the 10th ICUC in New York. With MyClimateServices she speaks about how cities can adapt to climate change best and about her new project CLARITY.
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.
Hamburg’s “Harbor City” is an example of city planners who thought about floods. They built the new district on dwelling mounds, eight meters over sea level. Also, in the ground floor flats are prohibited, only gastronomy and offices are allowed.
Earth Overshoot Day tells us when we have used up all our natural resources that only grow back within a year. In 2018 we would need 1.7 planets to support our demand on earth’s ecosystem, because in August we have already used all resources for this year.
The Spanish Meteorological Agency AEMET calculates the weather predictions in Spain and its influences on the road network. My Climate Service spoke to project manager Ernesto Rodriguez Camino about the upcoming extreme weather events and his tasks within CLARITY.
WSP is a leading planning and consulting company for the building and construction industry. WSP-experts analyze data to create useful infrastructure for water-rich Sweden. Within CLARITY they spread their knowledge on the marketplace to help others. Anna Åkesson explains.
Cities in the European Union are facing increasingly hot summers. Maria Iaccarino and Francesca Pignataro lay out a strategy to cool down one of the hottest places of the EU - the Italian city of Naples.
Plinius is an italien based institute that researches on natural hazards like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or floods. Being located in the City of Naples between three major volcanoes it is essential for the responsible scientist, Giulio Zuccaro, to make cities in Europe safer towards natural hazards.
Our reporter travelled through whole Brazil for months, bringing stunning photos and encouraging stories: In our series about Brazilian projects we are talking about different aspects: Intense rainfalls in Bahia, permaculture and alternative housing in Ceará and sustainable vehicles in Paraná.
The CLARITY project aims to build up and service a vivid community interested in climate change adaptation. Its core feature is a new marketplace to connect experts related to climate change. Its goal is to make predictions about possible hazards and their risks for infrastructure projects and their adaptation to climate change easier and more cost efficient.
At the Heinrich-Böll-foundation in Brussels employees don’t put a focus on Belgian national topics, but on connecting whole Europe. In an Interview director Klaus Linsenmeier explains what the foundation does in terms of sustainability and talks about the recently published “Energieatlas”.
Not only “Clarity” tries to adapt better to climate change and to create climate services to become greener and safer, also other projects do. “Climate-fit.city” is part of the H2020-programm, too. To pull together, “My Climate Service” sees its task to promote sister projects like this one. “Climate-fit.city” presented its strategy on the EU Green Week in Brussels on the 22nd of May, talking about the benefits of Urban Climate Service and its role for the society.
Green cities do better. They are healthy, with clean air, green spaces, safe drinking water, and offer a great quality of life to the people that live there. The EU is now promoting a greener lifestyle for cities via the EU Green Week 2018 from Monday 21th of May.