ECCA 2017 call for abstracts now open
The call for abstracts for the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017 is now open. The conference will be organised around eight cross cutting themes – including Evidence for Action and Adaptation in Action – and five sectoral themes – including Water Security & Flooding and Health & Wellbeing. Full details on the themes and how to submit abstracts can be found on the ECCA 2017 website.
The submission deadline is 30 September 2016.
Join us this month for adaptation webinars for the universities & colleges sector
In order to help universities and colleges get to grips with climate change, we have partnered with the EAUC to hold two adaptation webinars in July. At the first session on Wednesday 13th July we will look at what adaptation is and how to make a start in making your institution climate ready. At the second session on Wednesday 20th July we will cover the sector’s responsibilities under the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties.
Use the links below to find out more and sign-up:
Adaptation for universities and colleges part 1: 13th July
Adaptation for universities and colleges part 2: 20th July
SSN publishes Public Bodies Climate Change Duties resources
Required Reporting under the Scottish Public Bodies Climate Change Duties begins this year. To assist organisations in preparing their reports, the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) has produced a suite of resources explaining how to complete the reporting template, including a workbook, FAQs and a full example report. Adaptation Scotland collaborated with SSN on guidance for Section 4: Adaptation.
More resources will be added over summer. The deadline for submitting Required Reports is 30th November 2016.
Fundraising drive to save St Kilda’s sea birds from climate change crash
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has launched a fundraising appeal to help preserve the isolated island of St Kilda after research has shown this iconic seabird refuge is under threat from climate change. The UNESCO world heritage site has seen a decline in four key seabird species of between 50 and 90 percent since 1999.
Conservationists believe rising sea temperatures have caused a steep decline in sandeel populations, one of the birds’ main food sources, and have driven other marine foods to deeper, cooler waters to the north.
Adaptation costs for UK railways to soar without early action
The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has warned the impact of climate change on national rail infrastructure will be significant and costly without early action. Their new report, produced in close concert with Network Rail, argues more investment in adaptation is needed to protect passengers, railway workers and the railway network.
The report recommends improved mapping of vulnerable assets, revising rail industry standards to take account of future climate projects and improved logging of climate related incidents.
Climate change disrupting UK wildlife calendar
A new study published in Nature has found that climate change is already affecting many seasonal interactions in Britain’s varied ecosystems. Led by ecologists at the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the analysis involved more than 370,000 observations of seasonal events, covering 812 UK marine, freshwater and land-based plant and animal species.
The study suggests seasonal relationships between predators and prey could be further disrupted in future, leading to impacts on breeding success and species resilience.
Climate change is painting the Arctic green, says NASA
New satellite data from NASA has revealed the Earth is getting greener, with this trend particularly apparent in the far north. Studying over 87,000 images taken from Landsat satellites, researchers found a significant increase in vegetation in the boreal regions of North America between 1984 and 2012.
Temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than elsewhere, the researchers note, leading to longer growing seasons and changes in soil. This in turn could impact on regional water, energy and carbon cycles.