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File Living with Climate change
Global warming is happening. Temperatures have already risen by 0.76 degrees since the industrial revolution and are projected to rise further by 1.8 - 4 degrees by the end of the century. The last time climate change happened at this pace was 125,000 years ago and led to a 4-6 metre sea level rise. Global warming at the upper end of the scale predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would have catastrophic consequences for Europe. Up to 30% of plant, animal and bird species would be wiped out and the threat of natural disasters such as landslides, floods and mudslides would increase significantly.
Located in Environmental topics Climate change Multimedia
File PostScript document Rising snowline in the Alps
(This video has no audio.) It is estimated that, as global warming proceeds, regions currently receiving snowfall will increasingly receive precipitation in the form of rain. For every 1ºC increase in temperature, the snowline rises by about 150 metres. As a result, less snow will accumulate at low elevations. As a consequence, nearly half of all ski resorts in Switzerland, and even more in Germany, Austria and the Pyrenees, will face difficulties in attracting tourists and winter sport enthusiasts in the future. Source: EEA Report No 2/2004 "Impacts of Europe's changing climate" (published 18 Aug 2004)
Located in Environmental topics Climate change Multimedia
Figure Trend in autumn, winter and spring snow cover extent over the Northern Hemisphere
The figure shows the mean autumn (September, October, November), winter (December, January, February) and spring (March, April, May) snow cover extent over the Northern Hemisphere in 1967–2011 with linear trends.
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Daviz Visualization chemical/x-pdb Trend in snow cover extent in Europe
Located in Data and maps Data visualisations
Publication Adapting to climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Climate change is happening and will continue to have far-reaching consequences for human and natural systems. Impacts and vulnerabilities differ considerably across regions, territories and economic sectors in Europe. Strategies to adapt to climate change are necessary to manage impacts even if global temperature stays below a 2 °C increase above the pre-industrial level. The EU adaptation framework aims at developing a comprehensive strategy by 2013, to be supported by a clearinghouse for sharing and maintaining information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Thematic assessments
Figure object code Run-off and snow cover change up until the end of the 21st century in the winter, according to the CLM A1B scenario
Left: relative difference in water available for runoff
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Figure Observed changes in (a) global average surface temperature, (b) global average sea level and (c) northern hemispheric snow cover for March-April
All changes are relative to the period 19611990
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Figure D source code Deviations of monthly snow cover extent over the northern hemisphere lands (including Greenland)
Note: Deviations are compared to a 30 year average
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Figure Deviations of seasonal snow cover (solid curve) versus deviations of temperature (dashed curve)
Note: Deviations are compared to a 30 year average.
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Figure Observed change in spring snow-cover duration 1970-2004
The map shows the observed change in spring snow-cover duration 1970 to 2004 covering the Northern Hemisphere
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
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