June 22, 2017
"Sustainability whack-a-mole" Placed-based sustainability efforts often fail to recognise the risk of turning up the environmental pressure elsewhere In the world of arcades, the whack-a-mole is a classic. The game, in which players use a mallet to hit randomly appearing toy moles back into their holes, is an innocent reminder that fixing a problem in one place may only cause others to pop up elsewhere. But within sustainability, such problem solving come with more serious consequences. Coined environmental leakage, it refers to how interventions aimed at reducing environmental pressures at one site may be locally successful, but increase pressures elsewhere. On example is how the recovery of fish stocks in Europe has led to increased fishing pressure in West African waters. Another is how improved regulations of Chinese and European forests have led to deforestation in the tropics due to increased Chinese and European biomass imports. This not only has global environmental consequences but social ones as well, since people’s livelihoods in those distant places are often negatively impacted. An approach of “out of sight, out of mind” can mean big problems when dealing with complex social-ecological challenges and can put into question well-intended place based sustainability practices.
June 9, 2017
"The Paris Agreement goes ahead, with or without Trump" open letter edited by Bc3 Researchers Maria Jose Sanz, Mikel Gonzalez-Eguino and Ibon Galarragak published by "Campusa Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatearen aldizkaria"
June 5, 2017
IPCC PRESS RELEASE 5 June 2017 First Lead Author Meeting for the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will take place in Bilbao on 7-14 June 2017 [Bilbao, Spain, June, 2017] More than 190 experts will meet in Bilbao on June 7-14 to begin work on a new Methodology Report to update the guidelines countries use for estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals, bringing them into line with the new requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The meeting will launch the preparation of the new Report 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement). In particular the authors will elaborate the chapter outlines, allocate tasks among Lead Authors, and decide milestones between this and the Second Lead Author Meeting, which will take place in September this year. After another two meetings in 2018, the 2019 Refinement is planned to be finalized, and be adopted and accepted by the IPCC Plenary, in May 2019.
May 29, 2017
"KLIMAGUNE 2017 - CLIMATE CHANGE AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT" The challenge of Klimagune 2017 – the two-yearly gathering on climate change– is to join forces in generating new transdisciplinary knowledge of climate change and transmitting it to numerous audiences by means of innovative dynamics of engagement. Its goal is to activate a framework of collaboration intended to remain permanently in place for all agents obliged to engage in action against climate change: from academia and the institutions to all citizens. Organised by BC3 (Basque Centre for Climate Change) and the University of the Basque Country, the 7th edition of this workshop will analyse forms and degrees of social engagement in regard to climate change, with contributions by some of the most respected thinkers and leaders in the field. With this call to generate networks of action in which all agents take an active part, Klimagune 2017 takes up the spirit of action following the Paris Agreements.
May 26, 2017
May 4, 2017
"Cities in Southeast Asia, Eastern Africa and on US West Coast need to act on sea-level rise most urgently". [Leioa (Spain), 4th May 2017] For people and insurance companies alike, it is the extreme events – with low probability but highly damaging - that are the most devastating. Storm Desmond, for example, flooded northwestern areas of the UK in 2015, and Hurricane Katrina wreaked catastrophe on New Orleans in 2005. The same is true when it comes to future sea level rise. Now a study assesses coastal flood risk from sea level rise for 120 major coastal cities, and shows which cities are most vulnerable to extreme events.
April 15, 2017
Interview gave by the Bc3 researcher, Mikel González-Eguino, in "Más que palabras (Radio Euskadi)" radio programme "Se puede avanzar hacia una economía baja en Carbono" Mikel Gonzalez-Eguino es profesor de investigación en Economía del Cambio Climático, Economía Ambiental y de la Energía y Evaluación Integrada del Centro Vasco para el Cambio Climático.
April 6, 2017
Interview of Elisa Sainz de Murieta in "La mecánica del caracol (Radio Euskadi)" radio programme "Los efectos de las olas de calor".
April 6, 2017
Según el estudio del instituto vasco de investigación de cambio climático, BC3, las olas de calor son consideradas por la Organización Mundial de la Salud como uno de los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos “más peligrosos” con gran impacto sobre la salud de las personas. “El País Vasco no queda al margen de esta tendencia climática”, resumían los expertos del instituto vasco de investigación de cambio climático. Por eso, desde 2006 existe un Plan de prevención en situación de ola de calor que describe los efectos posibles de una situación de calor extremo sobre la salud de las personas e identifica los principales grupos de riesgo.
April 6, 2017
Un estudio financiado por el Gobierno vasco que pone cifras concretas a lo que podría ocurrir en Euskadi en una proyección de cara a los próximos 80 años. Si no se adoptan medidas correctoras, a partir de 2020 las olas de calor podrían incrementar la mortalidad hasta un 58%, en el escenario más desfavorable.El estudio presentado en el foro Klimatek, en Bilbao, está firmado por el centro vasco de investigación de cambio climático BC3, y cuenta con el respaldo del Departamento de Medio Ambiente del ejecutivo de Lakua.