Many people killed by large forest fires in Portugal. Latest news on Portugal's forest fire risk on our 'Forest Fires' page. Latest update: June 21 2017
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The Dutch are drilling in the North Sea to reconstruct sea level rise

How did the land under the North Sea submerge 4,000 years ago? Dutch researchers are drilling in the North Sea to unravel this story and reconstruct sea level rise.

Forest fires »

Abandoned farmlands lead to more forest fires in mainland Portugal

June 18 2017. Large forest fires strike Portugal, northeast of Lisbon. Many people have been killed. This article has been published before on the ClimateChangePost.

Coastal erosion and coastal floods »

High-end sea level rise estimates when Antarctic ice shelves break up

A new high-end projection for global sea level rise, based on a recent study on the impact of Antarctic ice mass loss, shows sea level rise in 2100 may be much higher than the recent IPCC estimate.

Health »

Cities are vulnerable hotspots of climate change - Longread

The impact of climate change will be felt especially in the cities during hot summers, due to the urban heat island effect. Several measures can be taken though to ‘beat the heat’.

Insurance and business »

Exposure of global metal mining industry to climate change

Copper, lead, zinc, and nickel are vital metals for modern infrastructure. The sites where they are mined are exposed to the consequences of climate change. Most exposed are copper resources.

Security and crisis management »

Climate change, water and security in the Middle East

Even when droughts lead to conflict, they are not the major driver. Their impact depends on the geopolitical setting and adaptive capacity of societies, as Syria’s civil war outbreak illustrates.

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In our globalized world an extreme event in one part of the world can have a major impact on business continuity on the other side of the planet.

More research is needed on sustainable adaptation planning to preserve cultural heritage under climate change, according to the first global literature review of cultural heritage and climate change.

Climate change leads to a redistribution of species on land and in the oceans. This affects our well-being because our capacity to respond to species shifting across borders is limited.

Climate change doesn’t seem to shift the timing of high- and low-flow periods of large rivers between now and the end of the century. Current stream flow seasonality, however, seems to be amplified.

Even under the most optimistic scenario of global warming, global river flood risk more than doubles, stressing the need for timely and effective adaptation to control river flood risk.

Climate change may reduce potential rice yields in the Mediterranean. Adaptation strategies could overturn the situation, however, turning climate change into an opportunity for European rice growers.

Vienna, 26th April 2017 – Press Release. New report on the impacts of increasing water scarcity and drought globally on the European Union’s (EU) economy.

The world’s largest rivers are not equally sensitive to climate change. The Rhine, for instance, is not that sensitive to climate change, according to a recent assessment of extreme flows.

The Dutch coast is eroding. A recent study shows that the volume of eroded dune sand increases linearly with sea level rise by little over 20 % per meter sea level rise.

A conference on the impact of extreme weather on critical infrastructure was organized at Deltares (the Netherlands) on March 23 2017. Final results were presented of the European INTACT project.

Weather-induced costs to road and rail transport will increase. The indirect costs to the economy are larger than these direct costs, however. Because of this, it pays off to adapt.

Higher temperatures and more droughts not necessarily increase the number and intensity of wildfires. The combination of climate and human effects makes predictions of future fires highly challenging.

By the year 2050 Europe’s wine map may look completely different from what we are used today.

For developing countries the assessment of coastal hazards is often hampered by lack of data. Dutch researchers of Deltares developed an app to use global open assess data for these assessments.

Shifts in thermal growing conditions may represent a major challenge to the Portuguese fruit sector. Conditions will improve in some areas and deteriorate in others.

Already in the next decades highly populated urban areas in Central Europe will experience significantly more hot days, tropical nights, and extreme precipitation events.

Previous sea level rise projections may have underestimated the contribution of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Recent studies lead to upward adjustment of estimated sea level rise in 2100.

Extreme weather events are frequently associated with the passage of large-scale fronts. The number of extremely strong fronts is increasing, and so are precipitation extremes.

On a hot day, the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands can be up to 5 °C warmer than the surrounding rural areas. Both climate change and urbanization will increase this urban heat island effect.

Their impacts on water supplies and climate cooling are the principal contribution of trees to climate change mitigation and adaptation, scientists state. Carbon storage is ‘just’ a co-benefit.


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