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Climate change is the variation in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time. It involves changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over durations ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by dynamic process on Earth, external forces including variations in sunlight intensity, and more recently by human activities.

In recent usage, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term "climate change" often refers to changes in modern climate (global warming).

Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time. Recent events have emphatically demonstrated our growing vulnerability to climate change. Climate change impacts will range from affecting agriculture- further endangering food security-, sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones, increasing intensity of natural disasters, species extinction and the spread of vector-borne diseases.



Climate Change Adaptation in Europe

The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT) aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change. It is an initiative of the European Commission and helps users to access and share information on:

  • Expected climate change in Europe
  • Current and future vulnerability of regions and sectors
  • National and transnational adaptation strategies
  • Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
  • Tools that support adaptation planning

Document les-changements-climatiques-et-usages-en-eau-dans Item only translated in French
Document adaptation-au-changement-climatique-dans-le-secteur-de-l-eau-en-mediterranee Item only translated in French
Document 2007/2008 Human Development Report tackles climate change
HTML Document A new report updates climate change science
URL Adaptation Strategies for The Mediterranean Basin
Document Arab Environment: Impact of Climate Change on the Arab Countries’ (AFED) Report 2009
Document Changement climatique et évènements hydrologiques extrêmes : quels liens ?
URL Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
URL Climate Change and Energy in the Mediterranean
URL Climate Change and Sustainable Land-Water Management Course
Document Climate change impacts in the Mediterranean resulting from a 2°C global temperature rise
Document Climate change, water and adaptation in agriculture
Document Conference Documentation: "Water and Climate Change in the MENA-Region: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Best Practices" International Conference, April 28–29, 2011 in Berlin, Germany
URL Draft questionnaire on the impacts of climate change on water resources, and on adaptation strategies prepared by the ad hoc core group on water and climate
Document ENB Vol. 12 No. 521 - UN Climate Change Conference October 2011 - Summary & Analysis
Document Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change released and adopted by Water Convention Parties‏
URL IPCC Working Group III
URL Information for media, including press releases and media advisories, about the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
URL Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Poverty Reduction
URL Management Options for a Sustainable Groundwater Use in the Middle Drâa Oases under the Pressure of Climatic Changes
Document North Africa: The Impact of Climate Change to 2030 (Selected Countries) - A Commissioned Research Report
HTML Document Rainwater Harvesting & Climate Change
URL Second WMO/MEDARE International Workshop on Addressing climate data sources and key records for the Mediterranean Basin in support of an enhanced detection, prediction and adaptation to climate change and its impacts Nicosia, Cyprus, 10-12 May 2010
Document The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report
Document The Spanish Adaptation Plan to Climate Change and the Water Resources Sector
URL Time to Adapt - Climate Change and the European Water Dimension: Vulnerability - Impacts – Adaptation - 12 - 14 February 2007, Berlin
URL Water pricing in Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea: issues and options
Document Working paper on climate change and food security in the Sahel region
URL Workshop on climate change, humanitarian disasters and international development: Linking Vulnerability, Risk Reduction and Response Capacity
5th Mediterranean Water Forum