Climate Adaptation in Europe

Fifth year no. 3

The climate conference in Kopenhagen in december 2009 is the reason for Change Magazine to publish a special edition about climate adaptation in Europa. How does Europa adapt to the consequences of climate change? In some cases mitigation is too late; adaptation is needed soon, for example giving space to rivers and build reservoirs for fresh water. This magazine contains articles about climate adaptation in the Alps, water quality as bottleneck for agriculture and drought in the Medditerean.

With this publication Change Magazine provides reliable and complete information about climate adaptation in Europe. With state-of-the-art adjustments to climate change, with the focus on frontrunner countries as the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Portugal and Spain. The magazine has an European context, with national, regional and local projects. With that, the urgency of adaptation is shown.

Europe must lead on adaptation

The challenge for Europe is to put poorer countries onto a sustainable development track.

Opinion Jacqueline McGlade

Executive director European Environment Agency:  Adapting to climate change: industry and society will need to become fully engaged and inspired to act.

The European Alps adapt to changing water resources

The Alps play a crucial role in capturing and supplying water to Europe. But the Alpine climate has changed significantly. "Who knows what the Alps will be whne my daughter is grown-up."

European cities show ambition

There is a lot at stake for citities in the event of radical climate change in the decades ahead. London, Rotterdam and Copenhagen are trying to anticipate.

Controlling the elements

The climate crisis demands damage prevention and control. But how do EU member states approach and tackle challenges?

Water scarcity in the Mediterranean

The balance between water demand and availability has reached a critical level in southern Europe. The Mediterranean region needs sustainable water management.

Bridging the gap to adaptation policy

The CIRCLE ERA-net has been building the foundations for improved and co-ordinated cross border climate change research. What's next?

Climate hot spot investigation

Wherever spatial planning of investment decisions are made, localized climate change research is becoming increasingly relevent.

Quality of water is the bottleneck for agriculture

Higher temperatures, intense rainstorms and drought will decline European agricultural production by an average of ten per cent. Water regulation is a key issue.

Working with nature

Nature's technology is cost-effective, readily available and tested over hundreds of years. Let's include ecosystem based options, tot tackel the effects of global warming.

The green agricultural revolution

Gerda Verburg, Chair of the 17th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD), puts the agricultural industry right at the top of the CSD climate agenda.