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
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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…
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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.…
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2nd International Conference Citizen Observatories for natural hazards and Water Management 27-30 November 2018, Venice

2nd International Conference Citizen Observatories for natural hazards and Water Management 27-30 November 2018, Venice

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The Eastern Alps Hydrographic District, partner of BeAWARE, is organizing the 2nd International Conference on Citizen Observatories for natural hazards and Water Management (COWM) that will take place in Venice, Italy, from 27 to 30 November 2018.  The COWM International Conference is a biennial event that has been organized since 2016. The first edition brought together specialists in water, water resources, soil and environmental protection (international academic communities, professionals, public administrations, businesses and engineering companies), and stimulated and promoted both research and real world applications: the presence of experts from worldwide (over 75 scientific presentations by leading experts coming from more than 15 nations - from Australia to the United States, from Scandinavia to South Africa), confirmed the importance on an international level of the data engineering processes that exploit…
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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…
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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…
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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
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The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

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The meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens announced the record of the temperature, rainfall and wind speed recorded during 2017 in Greece. According to the NOA's automatic weather station network, the temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius recorded at Mires Heraklion on July 17, 2017, was the absolute maximum temperature of last year, but also the highest maximum temperature recorded in nearly 13 years its operation. Also, the absolute minimum temperature in residential areas was -18.8 degrees Celsius in Florina on January 12, 2017, while the maximum wind gust was recorded in Paxi and was 133.6 km / h. The maximum daily rainfall was in Platanias, Crete, on 26/10/2017, reaching 242mm. On an annual basis, the maximum rainfall occurred last year in Zagora Pelion, which received a total of…
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