How a Lagoon Became a Frontline Defence Against Climate Change

When Albert Pati moved closer to the sea to open a beach bar overlooking the Mediterranean in Albania, he never imagined that the sea would also be moving closer to him, now eroding the soil around his restaurant floor. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, families and businesses around the …

These Countries Are Leading the Transition to Sustainable Energy

The Energy Transition Index 2020 analyzes the energy sectors of 115 countries. Sweden tops the global rankings as the country most prepared to transition to clean energy. COVID-19 could threaten the rate at which economies adopt more sustainable power. Robust long-term policies are needed to guard against shocks such as …

Flash Flood Guidance System Saves Lives

Flash floods cause more than 5,000 deaths worldwide annually, exceeding any other flood-related event.  They have enough power to change the course of rivers, bury houses in mud, and sweep away or destroy whatever is on their path. They are among the world’s deadliest disasters and result in significant social, economic and …

European Transport Needs to Adapt to Rising Climate Risks

From road and rail networks to ports, airports and inland waterways, critical transport resources are facing unprecedented threats from climate change impacts, notably severe flooding. However, adapting transport systems to rising climate risks has so far received relatively low attention and better planning is required to avoid damage and related …

Why Does Europe Need to Limit Climate Change and Adapt to Its Impacts?

The increased exposure to climate related hazards will differ from region to region across Europe, according to the EEA story map. The background briefing shows examples of selected risks across Europe. It stresses the important role of limiting climate change to avoid the worst impacts as well as the key …

Lorenzo Quinn’s Sculpture ‘Support’ to Warn of Rising Sea Levels at COP25

A 3-meter version of Lorenzo Quinn’s monumental sculpture “Support” is on display at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid (2-13 December) to remind participants of rising sea levels that threaten Venice and all coastal cities around the world. The installation, first unveiled by Quinn at the Venice …