TEXMIN project entitled "The impact of EXtreme weather events on MINing operations" is a three-years RFCS research project, carried out by a interdisciplinary consortium of 9 institutions from 6 countries, ie. the UK, Greece, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland, focused on assessing and minimising the environmental impact of extreme weather events on mining operations.

The duration of project realization: 01.06.2019 – 31.05.2022.

Floods in Western Europe are more likely


Extreme rainfall events caused by climate change are more likely to happen. The article showed that more than 400 studies have examined whether climate change made particular weather events more likely.

Read more here

The first part of the IPCC 6th Assesment Report released


The Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis was released on the 9 of August 2021. It was finalized on 6 August 2021 during the 14th Session of Working Group I. The reports integrates changes in the climate in every region in the Earth. It delivers new estimates of the global warming in the next decades and proves that human have a chance to determine the future course of climate.

Read more on www.ipcc.ch

The full report is available here

Expected increase in extreme weather events


Chief Scientist at the World Meteorological Organization, Jürg Luterbacher, told during an interview with DW that extreme events would increase in future.

Read more here

Melting permafrost in Russia


The effects of climate change are visible in Russia. The permafrost in Siberia is melting, triggering mudslides and releasing greenhouse gases.

Read more on www.dw.com

Summer period 2021 full of extreme events


In the summer period of 2021 the heavy rainfall, floods and heatwaves hit Europe. Western Europe suffered floods, causing dozens of casualties, and at same time Northern Europe suffered extended heatwave.

Read more on public.wmo.int

IPCC votes over 6th Assessment Report


The Sixth Assessment Report will be available soon. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on the 26th of July to approve its next report on the physical science basis of climate change.

Read more on www.ipcc.ch

Sharing of TEXMIN project experiences with stakeholders


TEXMIN project experiences – with special focus on negative impact of extreme weather events for the status of mining infrastructure and an application in pilot scale the remedial measures for stabilization of mine spoil dump in situation of extreme weather events occurrence has been shared with representatives of Ukrainian mining sector, within the established cooperation aimed at exchanging experiences between mining regions of Poland and Ukraine.

The initiative is part of an international programme which supports countries in creating and implementing socially friendly low-carbon energy. It is a platform for the Western Balkans and Ukraine.

More information about the program can be found here

TEXMIN project's press release


The talk with Małgorzata Markowska from the Central Mining Institute, the project coordinator, about extreme weather events affecting mining activities in Newspaper teraz-srodowisko.pl was held.

Read the full article here



The article of Trybuna Górnicza called "Not only reclamation" mentions TEXMIN project. TEXMIN project partner, Silesian Technical University from Gliwice, carries out works related to ecology and the current operation of the mines. Revitalization of post-mining areas in southern Poland is a pressing problem. TEXMIN concerns the impact of extreme weather events and long-term climate changes on mining activities, both in the case of active and closed mines. Climate change scenarios were determined on the basis of regional climate models and the baseline survey. Changes related to an increase in precipitation intensity, sudden changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure are identified and assessed in relation to mines in Europe.

The article is available here

Special Issue of TEXMIN project now available


The Virtual Special Collection of articles published in regular issues of the Journal of Sustainable Mining called Climate change impacts on the mining industry (2021) is now available. The articles are a result of the TEXMIN project.

Read full articles on jsm.gig.eu

TEXMIN project in Rybnik


Spółka Restrukturyzacji Kopalń (SRK), TEXMIN project partner, fills the shaft of the former Ignacy mine in Rybnik called the Głowacki shaft. In the last years of its operation, the Głowacki shaft was a transport shaft and finally in 2008 became the ventilation shaft of the Rydułtowy mine. The shaft decommissioning is carried out in accordance with the technical design developed jointly by SRK and the Central Mining Institute (GIG) within TEXMIN project.

Read more on wnp.pl

European State of the Climate 2020


The comprehensive overview of European climate in 2020 year including a focus on the Arctic and a summary of global conditions is now available in the European State of the Climate 2020.

See more on climate.copernicus.eu

Provisional agreement on the European Climate Law


On the 21st of April 2021 the Commission welcomes provisional agreement between the co-legislators on the European Climate Law. The European Climate Law highlights the EU's commitment to reaching climate neutrality by 2050 as well as  reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

Read more on ec.europe.eu

TEXMIN partners meeting


The 4rd TEXMIN meeting was held on the 22th - 23th of March 2021. Due to the pandemic situation, the meeting was held at a distance among involved partners via the online platform of MS Teams. GIG as Leader of the project hosted this online meeting. General project progress and status of periodic report and specific deliverables were summed up.

World Meteorological Day


23th of March is the World Meteorological Day. In 2021 the World Meteorological Day is devoted to the theme “the ocean, our climate and weather.”

Read more on https://public.wmo.int

Sharing knowledge on the transition of coal regions


TEXMIN intermediate results and generally the climate change and mining inter-relation was presented on 3rd of March during I study visit (online) of stakeholders from Ukraine organized within the initiative of  "Sharing knowledge on the transition of coal regions".

Read more on ietu.pl

EU climate legislation


The European Commission published the contributions to public consultations on climate legislation.

Read more on ec.europa.eu See the 2030 Climate Target Plan

EU strategy on adaptation a Climate Change


The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. The Strategy sets out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Read more on ec.europe.eu Download the Strategy here

State of the Global Climate 2020


Report of WMO reveals that the global mean temperature for 2020 was 1.2±0.1°C above the 18501900 baseline. Morover, 2020 is likely to be one of the three warmest years on record globally.

Read more on https://public.wmo.int/en See the whole report here

Devastating flooding in Skewen


The discussion on the devastating flooding in Skewen in January, caused by water from old mine workings.

The material is available here

Change of reference period for climate data


WMO recommends to calculate the new climate normals as soon as possible. C3S uses the 1991-2020 climate normal as the main reference period for the monthly climate bulletins from January 2021 onward and for the European State of the Climate for 2021. A an example January 2021 was 0.24°C above the 1991-2020 reference period, but 0.43°C above the 1981-2010 period.

Read more on https://climate.copernicus.eu/

Extreme rainfall in Skewen


Mine shaft filling up with water and bursting after extreme rainfall causes flooding and damage to many homes in Skewen.
More information available here

Foreign Affairs Council calls for global action


EU is calling for a global phase-out of harmful fossil-fuel subsidies including unabated coal in power generation. EU is calling also for promoting further technological innovation and development to advance the worldwide transformation towards climate neutrality.

Read more on www.ec.europa.eu

Flooding hit Wales after heavy rain


Parts of Wales have been affected by flooding on the 19th of December. A coal tip is at risk of slipping down the mountainside in the Rhondda valleys.

Read more on www.walesonline.co.uk

A turning point of Paris Agreement
The Climate Action Tracker has calculated that global warming by 2100 could be as low as 2.1°C if all national governments meet their 2050 net zero emissions targets.
Read more on climateactiontracker.org Click here to read full report.

EU grennhouse gas emissions decreased in 2019


In annual EU Climate Action Progress Repor the EU commission revealed that greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7 % year-on-year. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels. 

Read more on ec.europe.eu The full report can be dowloaded here

EU Emissions Trading System decreased in 2019


The annual report on the functioning of the European carbon market has finded that emissions from installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System decreased by 9.1% in 2019 compared to 2018. It is the equivalent of around 152 million tonnes of CO2.Read more on ec.europe.eu Click here to read full report.

Record-breaking September 2020


The latest Copernicus Climate Change Service revealed that September 2020 is record-breaking month for the C3S dataset. Arctic sea ice extent for the month of September was also visible. to read full report

Read more on climate.copernicus.eu

2020 Atlantic hurricane season


The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is very active. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that the 2020 season has seen an exceptionally high number of named storms, reaching the letter V (Vicky) as of Monday 14 September, which is the earliest 20th Atlantic named storm on record. The season lasts until 30 November

Read more on public.wmo.int

TEXMIN partners meeting


The 3rd TEXMIN meeting was held on the 18th of September 2020. Due to the pandemic situation, the meeting was held  via the online platform of WebEx. The Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH) hosted the online meeting. General project progress and status of specific deliverables were summed up. Partners are going to organise regular bilateral workshops and meetings online for smooth tasks preparation.

Commission proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030


The European Commission presented its plan to reduce net EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. It will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Read more on ec.europa.eu

TEXMIN about hazardous events in mining in Poland


The paper entitled: "A Preliminary Assessment of Climate Change Impacts – Implications for Mining Activity in Polish Coal Regions" presents an overview of hazardous events in mining in Poland that were related to extreme weather phenomena. The presented analyses and conclusions are the results of the first activities in the TEXMIN project.

Read the full article published in the Archives of Mining Sciences here

Europe's new growth strategy - the Green Deal 


Frans Timmermans said that the European Green Deal is Europe's new growth strategy. A strategy where environmental, economic and social sustainability go hand-in-hand.

Read more on ec.europe.eu

Water stress vs climate change


A study published in Earth’s Future analyzes how climate change could shape water stress across international borders.

The full report can be downloaded here

Influence of climate change on Extreme weather conditions


A study published in Nature Climate Change presented that global warming would make persistent extreme weather, such as longer heatwaves, droughts and extended rainy periods, more likely to occure. This comes on top of the increase in average temperatures.

Read more on www.carbonbrief.org

The whole article could be downloaded here

Giant coal tip in Rhondda Valley


The weather conditions in February caused severe flooding in communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf and other areas of Wales. Now, a spoil from a former coal tip in Tylorstown is being removed after a landslip during winter storms.

Read more on www.itv.com

2020 as warmest year on record


Carbon Brief estimates that 2020 is most likely to be either the warmest or second warmest year on record. It depends on the approach used during calculation.

Read more on the www.carbonbrief.org

TEXMIN deals with restoration problems of North Bohemian Mines


The article entitled: "Aktuální pedologická problematika rekultivovaných lokalit oblasti Severočeských dolů a.s." deals with the methodology of the survey, with the localisation of different individual types of areas, characterization of differences between Bílina mine and Nástup Tušimice mine areas and the optimal  methodology for the restoration of the areas of interest.

Read the full article published in the Zpravodaj HNĚDÉ UHLÍ 2/2020 here

Annual report on CO2 emissions from maritime transport


The European Commission has published the first annual report on CO2 emissions from maritime transport related to the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2018.

The whole report can be downloaded here

Tipping points triggered by climate change


Nine tipping points are thresholds where a small change could push a system into a completely new state.

Read more on the www.carbonbrief.org

TEXMIN project' press release


Project coordinator Małgorzata Markowska said about TEXMIN current undertaken work to compare climate and weather trends and to provide an in-depth description of extreme weather phenomena occurring in coal basins, which allowed for the identification and parameterization of the base conditions for the developed  scenarios.

Read more about Texmin project on the wlaczoszczedzanie.pl

COP26 delay


The COP26 conference, scheduled to take place this November in Glasgow, is postponed untill 2021 as it cannot take place during pandemic.

Read more on www.cleanenergywire.org

Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland about TEXMIN project


Ministry of Science and Higher Education has recognized the importance of problems that we have dealed with within TEXMIN project. Until now, the links between climate change and the mining industry have been considered only in terms of the industry's environmental impact. Currently, the opposite trend is also observed - the impact of climate on mining activities.

The whole article can be read on the naukawpolsce.pap.pl

TEXMIN partners meeting

The 2nd TEXMIN partners meeting was held on the 18th/19th of February 2020 in Exeter, hosted by the University of Exeter. During the meeting project partners have the possibility to visit the Met Office in Exeter. The Met Office is the UK’s national weather service providing weather and climate-related services to the Armed Forces, government departments, the public, civil aviation, shipping, industry, agriculture and commerce. The Met Office comprises the Hadley Centre for Climate prediction and research.

WWF analyzed water risk in mining sector

WWF report warns that mining companies and commodities face significant water risks (see whole report).
Read more on wwf.panda.org

EIB climate survey
The European Investment Bank has launched the second edition of the EIB climate survey. The survey reavels citizens’ perception of climate change and its impact.Read more on www.eib.org
Commissioner Ferreira visited Poland
European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira visited Poland, what has opened a new chapter in the country's transformation into a sustainable economy.
Read more on ec.europe.eu

2019 was the warmest year on record in Europe
The latest information shows that in 2019 temperatures were over 1.2 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average. As regards the rest of the world, 2019 was the second warmest year on average.

Climate-neutral continent by 2050

The European Green Deal, presented by Commission on 11 December 2019, has revealed the ambition of becoming the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. One of the pillars of a Just Transition Mechanism proposed by the European Commission on 14 January is the Just Transition Fund, that will enter into force on 1 January 2021 and will provide the resources to reduce the impact of transition towards climate neutrality.

Read more on ec.europe.eu

Climate change inicident
A landslide engulfed a gold mine in Democratic Republic Congo's eastern Ituri province. It happened after days of torrential rain battered the region.
Read more on voanews.com

Comprehensive References for COP25
"Success in tackling the climate crisis is about collaboration, about interaction with different people that sometimes feel apart, but when they see a common goal they can achieve magic" said Gonzalo Muñoz on COP25. The Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2019 and the Climate Action Pathways has been already available.Read more on unfccc.int

Climate environmental emergency
European Parliament declares a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally in view of the upcoming COP 25 that will take place in Madrid on 2-13 December 2019. Read more on ec.europa.eu

Preparation to COP 25
The relevant issue of COP25 will be "the single element of the Rulebook left outstanding in Katowice: the guidance on voluntary cooperation and market-based mechanisms under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement" - said Commissioner Arias Cañete at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on 25 November 2019. Read more on ec.europa.eu
EU greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2018
Four reports presenting how the EU and its Member States implement EU climate policy was adopted by the European Commission on the 31st of October 2019. EU greenhouse gas emissions declined by 2% in 2018 and reached the lowest values since 1990 (down 23%). Read more on ec.europa.eu

Kick-off meeting

TEXMIN project kick – off meeting was organized on 25th – 26th of September 2019 at Central Mining Institute (GIG) premise in Katowice (PL).



TEXMIN Project (The impact of extreme weather events on mining operations) is implemented within Research Fund for Coal and Steel under Grant Agreement no 847250
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