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31
Jan

Resilience building at risk? 5 key insights for addressing borderless climate risks

Borderless climate risks have the potential to severely hamper or completely roll-back progress made on building resilience through climate change adaptation. Can they be addressed in the follow-up of the Paris Agreement’s global goal on adaptation? This concern was the convening force behind a recent UNFCCC Side Event at COP23, titled A Global Adaptation Goal and borderless climate risks: Strengths

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26
Jan

Take action on climate change through entrepreneurship: join CKIC Summer School

Take action, join the Climate-KIC Journey: Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship offers a unique combination of climate knowledge and hands-on business experience. The Journey brings together students and professionals from all over the world. From validating an idea to understanding the market, structuring a business, and building a team, Climate-KIC gears you up for the world

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12
Dec

COP23 roundup: the outcomes and implications for climate adaptation

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the official UN climate talks came to an end. Proceedings closed with a traditional Fijian song, Isa Lei, marking the end of the small island nation’s COP presidency. The negotiations did not close on a spectacular note, as was the case in 2015 when the Paris Agreement was signed, but that does not mean

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5
Dec

Past climate lessons prompt present rethink

Climate scientists have been looking again deep into the Earth’s history. Those past climate lessons are not reassuring. European scientists have just reached two chilling conclusions about today’s Earth by studying past climate lessons. One is that, just as the combustion of fossil fuels is dangerously warming the planet, so too the formation of those fuels turned down the planetary thermostat to

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1
Dec

2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record

The year isn’t over yet, but we can already be sure that 2017 will be among the hottest years on record for the globe. While the global average surface temperature won’t match what we saw in 2016, it is now very likely that it will be one of the three warmest years on record, according to a statement issued by the World

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21
Nov

Reducing flood risk with the help of ecosystems

While Houston is still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, it appears that one of the city’s main vulnerabilities were its vast impervious surfaces. Concrete, asphalt and various types of surface materials prevent the absorption of water into the soil, and when gallons of rain pour down on urban areas, drainage systems get saturated. Ecosystems could make a substantial contribution to

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9
Nov

The Maldives: Tensions between climate action and tourism

The Maldives are at the front lines of climate change. The nation is comprised of 1,200 coral islands grouped in archipelagos and atolls, and only sits about 2.5 meters above sea level. According to former president Mohamed Nasheed the Maldives are the third most at risk country to sea level rise. Facing a grave future from climate change, Nasheed created plans

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5
Sep

Climate change in the Alps: Threatening winter tourism and boosting summer tourism

The Alps are famous for their pristine slopes, which facilitate many popular winter sports, such as skiing. In fact, one third of every Euro that a tourist spends in Austria, can be traced back to tourism. However, climate change threatens the vitality of the mountainous terrain and the snow conditions that allow the snow sports to thrive. Yet, climate change

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25
Aug

Analysing existing data infrastructures for climate services

The Horizon 2020 project EU-MACS (EUropean MArket for Climate Services) is in full swing and our research is showing first results. Acclimatise and EU-MACS partner Twente University finalised a report analysing the existing climate data infrastructure, and how it may inhibit or stimulate the European climate services market. The research involved mapping and cataloguing relationships of organisations involved in the climate data infrastructure value

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28
Jul

MARCO sister-project, EU-MACS now has public deliverables available!

The overarching EU call topic of climate services market research covers two topics, which are addressed in MARCO and its sister project EU-MACS (EUropean MArket for Climate Services). EU-MACS gathers 9 partners and will make the wealth of climate information truly accessible and applicable for a large variety of potential climate service users. In cooperation with current and potential CS users, the project will develop

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