Second Newsletter is online!

Second Newsletter is online!

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The second issue of our newsletter is finally published online!

Check the latest technical development of the beAWARE project; get informed about the latest news on climate change and other updates regarding the project, including participation in conferences and upcoming events that our consortium partners are organizing!

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Stay tuned for the third issue that is about to be published next month!

Finland hot days

Finland hot days

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According to our distinguished partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute, in Finland “hot days” are defined when the temperature goes above 25C. Normally, there are only a few hot days per year.  This year, however, there have already been more than average and we’re only in May!

The record May temperature for Finland is 31C. This year’s maximum so far is 29.6C.

The main heatwave of hot days lasted 7 days, although all of May has been warm, sunny and dry – to the point that there is already a fire risk across most of Finland.

Heatwave in Finland sends May temperatures over 30C

Heatwave in Finland sends May temperatures over 30C

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Finland is experiencing an unusual rise of temperature higher than the normal level for this time of the year. Our partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has issued a warning for forest fire due to the dry terrain and temperatures that in some part of the country will exceed the 30C, a temperature far above normal compared to statistics between 1961 and 1990.

beAWARE system, except being present in this heatwave for its 4th Plenary meeting, will provide all the necessary tools for early warning and more efficient measures to tackle with this phenomena.

Source: FMI

Almost all European countries have their climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans ready, according to EES report.

Almost all European countries have their climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans ready, according to EES report.

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Almost all European countries have performed climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans in order to be ready to confront the consequences coming from climate change, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Performing the study upon 33 EEA member countries (including the 28 European Union Member States), the report examined the evaluation the risks from climate change, and how the European national policies have used this information in developing adaptation policies to address these risks.

The report outlines that “adaptation is key to ensure that the EU as a whole is better prepared to handle the impacts of heat waves, floods, droughts and storm”. The report also proposes that “continued engagement with key stakeholders in sectors vulnerable to climate change is essential for improving assessment results and their uptake in adaptation policies”.

beAWARE project is developing a platform and tools to assess these risks, assist the public authorities on the confrontation of the threats coming from climate-related hazards, and create the ground for the engagement of relevant stakeholder at a European level.

Extreme weather phenomena are becoming more and more frequent, a new study by EASAC reveals.

Extreme weather phenomena are becoming more and more frequent, a new study by EASAC reveals.

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New data show that extreme weather events have become more frequent over the past 36 years. The study conducted by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, which is made up of the 27 national science academies in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland, examined trends in extreme weather within Europe with a significant uptick in floods and other hydrological events compared with a similar study published five years ago.

The study found that hydrological events, such as floods and landslides, have quadrupled worldwide since 1980 and have doubled since 2004. It also found that climatological events, such as extreme temperatures, droughts, and forest fires, have more than doubled since 1980. And it found that meteorological events, such as storms, have doubled since 1980, the council said in a statement.

https://easac.eu/publications/details/extreme-weather-events-in-europe/

Professor Michael Norton, EASAC’s Environment Programme Director states: “there has been and continues to be a significant increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, making climate proofing all the more urgent. Adaptation and mitigation must remain the cornerstones of tackling climate change. This update is most timely since the European Commission is due to release its evaluation of its climate strategy this year.”

It becomes evident of the necessity the European member states will require from holistic approaches and all-inclusive platforms that will assist the authorities into tackling the more and more frequent extreme weather events, similar to the one beAWARE project is currently developing.

Source: Boston Globe, EASAC

Europe’s cities will face more extreme weather “beyond breaking point” a study suggests

Europe’s cities will face more extreme weather “beyond breaking point” a study suggests

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Researchers at the Newcastle University Polytechnic School published a study at the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters  which highlights the urgent need to adapt urban areas to cope with extreme weather, and more precisely three areas that the beAWARE project is intended to tackle: floods, droughts and heatwaves. The study used all available climate models (based on three scenarios) to predict how the weather would evolve to 571 European cities by 2050-2100, focusing on the three above-mentioned phenomena.

Even with the most optimistic of the three scenarios, the study predicts higher temperatures and worse heatwaves in 571 cities. Moreover, it estimates increased droughts mainly in southern Europe, an augmentation of floods in north-western Europe and a wider deterioration of the risks from extreme weather conditions in the majority of European cities.

Scientists predict that some parts of the European South can experience droughts up to 14 times worse than today. The five cities with the largest projected increases in drought are: Athens, Lisbon, Madrid, Nicosia and Sofia; with the largest increases in heatwaves are expected to be: Athens, Nicosia, Prague, Rome and Sofia, and those with the largest flooding increases will be: Dublin, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius and Zagreb.

The lead author, Selma Guerreiro, said: “Although southern European regions are adapted to cope with droughts, this level of change could be beyond breaking point. Furthermore, most cities have considerable changes in more than one hazard, which highlights the substantial challenge cities face in managing climate risks.” A co-author, Prof Richard Dawson, said: “The research highlights the urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.”

beAWARE platform and its tools can play a vital role to cope with the challenges that the majority of the European cities will face in the next years coming from climate change and the deterioration of the extreme weather phenomena.

Sources: The Guardian, Skynews, IOPscience

 

 

Cities face higher risks from the temperature rises

Cities face higher risks from the temperature rises

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There is a general consensus among environmental scientists that the average Earth’s temperature is slowly rising, but, according to a study coming from the University of California, the temperatures are rising even higher in the world’s big cities during the hot days of the year.

The survey reveals that, while the average annual temperature of our planet is rising with a slow but steady pace for many years, there is a worrying, much steeper, rise in extreme temperatures during the hottest days of the year. The situation is more noticeable – and more deadly – in the largest cities in the world, especially those with more than five million inhabitants

Scientists analyzed the hottest days of the year from 8,848 weather stations around the world at a depth of 50 years, seeing an average increase of 0.19 degrees Celsius every decade, rising to 0.25 degrees a decade later, between 1986 -2015. (https://goo.gl/GnnB61)

“This dramatic urbanization, which has occurred more rapidly in the least-developed parts of the world, will aggravate the impacts of extreme weather events and increase the risk of heat-related fatalities in the future,” the report noted.

Sources: UCI, REUTERS, In.gr

Water levels hit critical level in Paris, France

Water levels hit critical level in Paris, France

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The water levels of the Seine and Marne, two of major rivers in France crossing the capital Paris, have been steadily risen since last week, causing an evacuation of around 1.500 people as many streets and basements were flooded in the greater Paris metropolitan area. Fears have been expressed that the exceptional increased rainfall of the last weeks will further augment the water levels according to the flood warning agency Vigicrues. Even more alarming is the announcement coming from France’s meteorological service, declaring the current December-January period as the third wettest on record since data collection began in 1900 (https://goo.gl/zwYwQK). Drone footage is showing the swollen Seine as it has peaked at more than four metres above its normal level (https://goo.gl/pSSK4Y).

Source: France24, BBC News, REUTERS