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eLTER on European Ecosystem Roadmap ESFRI 2018

09/07/2018, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

The TERENO Observatory in the Harz is to become a part of the EU infrastructure eLTER.

The pan-European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) has been included on the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures ESFRI 2018. This read more


Measuring climate impact of forests management – a groundbreaking approach

08/02/2018, JRC

A JRC-led group of forestry research experts has developed a rigorous new fact-based carbon accounting system that reflects how forest management practices can help mitigate read more


Global food security requires a careful design of emission mitigation policies in the agricultural sector

08/01/2018, JRC

Food Security. ©C. Schüßler -

Climate change can directly exacerbate food insecurity due to crop production-related impacts of, for example, warmer and drier conditions. Efforts to mitigate climate change read more


EU winter crop yield forecasts revised further downwards

07/23/2018, JRC

The July issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside the Northern Africa issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series. read more


Climate change: is soil the missing link?

07/20/2018, JRC

Speakers at last week's high-level stakeholder consultation conference on the EU’s long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lamented the fact that the importance of read more


Six steps to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

07/16/2018, JRC

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative last week launched the report 'Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals' at the United Nations High Level Political Forum read more


Quantifying Sentinel-3 data in the Arctic

07/13/2018, JRC

The JRC recently participated in a measurement campaign to assess satellite ocean colour products in the Arctic. Satellite technologies are an invaluable tool for detecting read more


Energy from agricultural organic waste in Africa - a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems approach

07/10/2018, JRC

How agricultural residues can be used to help meet local energy needs in Africa was discussed at a scientific workshop held in Dakar (Senegal) last November organised by the JRC, read more


ASAP: Dry conditions affecting much of the Middle East and Central Asia

07/04/2018, JRC

The June edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, which was published yesterday, reports that several countries in the Middle East and read more


JRC contribution to the UN's first SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation

07/04/2018, JRC

The JRC has contributed to the recent United Nations Synthesis Report on progress made towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation), which read more


Updated surface water Watch List adopted by the Commission

07/03/2018, JRC

Based on JRC recommendations and Member States' approval, the European Commission has adopted and published an updated Watch List of substances to be monitored in EU surface read more


€566 billion and growing: the EU blue economy is thriving

06/27/2018, JRC

The EU's blue economy – all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coastal areas – is growing steadily, according to the EU’s first annual report on the blue economy. read more


Drought concerns for crops in southern Russia, outlook fair for Kazakhstan

06/25/2018, JRC

The Russia and Kazakhstan issues of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today. read more


New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources

06/21/2018, JRC

On 21 June 2018, the JRC published a new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, offering a tool for decision makers to improve local responses to soil loss and land read more


Global wheat yields at risk due to ozone pollution

06/20/2018, JRC

A recent article co-authored by JRC and international experts reports that the benefits of increasing global wheat yield are significantly offset as a result of increasing read more


The oak genome unveils the secrets of tree longevity

06/19/2018, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

150 years old oak trees in the Forêt domaniale de Bercé. Photo: INRA / Didier Bert

An international consortium driven by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA has read more


Predicting the spread of the most threatening invasive pest for European coniferous forests

06/19/2018, JRC

A recently published article co-authored by Begoña de la Fuente of the Technical University of Madrid (and visiting scientist at the JRC in 2016-2017), and Santiago Saura and read more


EU yield forecasts revised downwards

06/18/2018, JRC

The June issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside Ukraine edition of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series. read more


What is the origin of the European marine non-indigenous species?

06/14/2018, JRC

A new study of the JRC’s EASIN scientific team has identified the origin and the pathway of introduction of the 824 marine non-indigenous species established across the European read more


SOLUTIONS - for improved water quality in Europe`s rivers

06/12/2018, Water, UFZ

The Danube is Europe`s second largest river and is used intensively by people. Photo: UFZ / André Künzelmann

Many of Europe’s rivers contain mixtures of chemicals that are harmful to algae and aquatic life. Although the concentrations of some pollutants are monitored in the EU’s water read more


Impact of climate change on future water resources of the Danube River Basin

06/11/2018, JRC

A new JRC assessment of the future water resources of the Danube River Basin finds that climate change beyond 2°C would lead to increased flooding and water scarcity, significantly read more


ASAP: Exceptional rainfall and floods in East Africa, dry conditions in the Middle East

06/08/2018, JRC

The May edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, which was published on Monday, highlights agricultural production hotspots in East read more


The risk of significant blue-green algae blooms in summer 2018 is lower than earlier years in Finnish marine areas

06/07/2018, Marine, SYKE

The risk of widespread blue-green algae blooms in Finnish sea areas is less than during the last two years, because the algae have less nutrients available in comparison to read more


Calling for soil analysis services

06/05/2018, JRC

To measure soil properties and biodiversity across Europe, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is currently conducting a large soil survey, with soil samples collected from 26 000 read more


Towards the future CAP

06/01/2018, JRC

The European Commission has today launched a proposal on how to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), one of the core policies of the EU. read more


Protecting Pollinators – the EU Pollinators Initiative

06/01/2018, JRC

In response to calls by the European Parliament and Member States for action to protect and mitigate the decline of pollinators and their habitats, the European Commission has read more


Call for participation in an EU-wide monitoring campaign of manure

05/31/2018, JRC

The JRC is looking for participants to help with its monitoring campaign of manure to help develop criteria for safe processed manure. In order to promote the sustainable recovery read more


A future the planet can accommodate requires policy change in Finland as well

05/30/2018, Climate Change, SYKE

The United Nations Agenda 2030 puts binding goals on countries for the promotion of sustainable well-being. However, research indicates that Finland cannot achieve these goals read more


Making sense of the situation in Cape Town

05/29/2018, JRC

Cape Town has come dangerously close to running out of water after 3 years of persistent drought. Tight water usage restrictions have been successful in stalling 'day zero' - when read more


Commission proposes new Regulation on using reclaimed water for irrigation

05/28/2018, JRC

A Commission proposal for a new Regulation on the use of treated water for irrigation has been adopted today. read more


JRC provides scientific policy support for new Commission proposal on single-use plastics

05/28/2018, JRC

The JRC provided DG Environment with information on the most common marine litter items found on European beaches to help draft today's new European Commission's proposal for a read more


Warm April accelerates crop development

05/22/2018, JRC

According to the May issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, warm and relatively dry weather in most of Europe boosted crop development and read more


Scientific support to the third "Europe on the Move" package

05/17/2018, JRC

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission introduced a package of measures addressing transport safety, connected and automated mobility, and clean mobility. read more


Microlitter – a challenge for wastewater treatment plants

05/15/2018, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE

Finnish Environment Institute Researcher and M.Sc. Julia Talvitie’s doctoral dissertation indicates that wastewater treatment plants function well overall for microlitter removal. read more


Linking the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Indicators for the Mediterranean Region

05/07/2018, JRC

Food production and water provision are are two urgent socio-economic and environmental issues in the Mediterranean region. Because these aspects are closely linked, they need to read more


Marine production in north-western Mediterranean could rise due to climate change

04/26/2018, JRC

JRC scientists find in a recently published paper that significant changes in north-western Mediterranean productivity are likely due to climate change in the coming decades. read more


Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

04/23/2018, Climate Change, UFZ

The water content in the soil with a two meters depth would decrease by 35 millimeters if global temperature would increase by 3 K. Photo: Peisker, fotolia; montage: Martin Schrön, UFZ

Global warming will exacerbate soil droughts in Europe - droughts will last longer, affect greater areas, and have an impact on more people. If the earth warms by three degrees read more


Cold and wet conditions delay spring sowing; winter crops generally faring well

04/16/2018, JRC

According to the April issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, in many parts of Europe, unfavourable weather conditions caused delays to the read more


JRC contribution to DG-AGRI short-term outlook

04/05/2018, JRC

The Short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2018 and 2019, which presents the outlook for 2018-2019 for arable crops and meat and dairy markets in the EU, was published read more


How to restore Europe's ecosystems in a cost effective way?

04/04/2018, JRC

Ecosystems deliver essential goods such as food, energy, raw materials, air and water. They also regulate our climate and provide habitats for pollinators that fertilise our crops. read more


Global overview of agricultural production hotspots

03/28/2018, JRC

The latest edition of the monthly Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) Global Overview, which reports on agricultural production of hotspot countries in Southern, read more


Land degradation threatens the well-being of people and the planet

03/28/2018, JRC

The world's first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration highlights some sobering facts regarding how worsening land degradation caused by read more


Reconnecting Nature and Culture to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage

03/26/2018, JRC

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. To mark the occasion, the Joint Research Centre, together with Universita’ La Sapienza in Rome and the Italian Botanical Society, read more


Biomass production, supply, uses and flows in the European Union

03/22/2018, JRC

The JRC has recently published a Science-for-Policy report that quantitatively assesses biomass production, supply, uses and flows in the European Union (EU), and outlines a read more


World Water Day: exploring the solutions we find in nature

03/22/2018, JRC

This year's World Water Day theme is all about finding nature-based answers to the water challenges we face. At the JRC, our research shows how important natural solutions are in read more


Global Report on Food Crises finds that in 2017 major famines were averted but food security remains critical

03/22/2018, JRC

The Global Report on Food Crises, presented on 22 March 2018 in Rome, indicates that major risks of famine were averted in 2017 in the four countries that were declared at risk in read more


Climate models predict changes to flows and biota of northern rivers

03/20/2018, Climate Change, SYKE

The habitats of species in Finland's rivers will move northward as climate change causes temperatures to rise. In addition, seasonal fluctuation in the flow of rivers will become read more


How to measure the condition of Europe's ecosystems?

03/20/2018, JRC

The recently published fifth MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) report provides guidance to the EU and its Member States on how to assess the condition read more


Frost damage to winter crops remains limited despite end-of-winter cold spell

03/20/2018, JRC

According to the March issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published yesterday, weather conditions have generally been adequate for the wintering and early read more


Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

03/16/2018, JRC

Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are read more


What is the status of the Archipelago Sea food web?

03/12/2018, SYKE

In the coming weeks senior research scientist Laura Uusitalo and her collegues interview the local stakeholders and managers about their views of the Archipelago Sea ecosystem and read more


Prevention is better than cure: targeted vaccination to halt epidemics

03/09/2018, JRC

Amidst growing concerns over the low uptake of flu shots in Europe, scientists from the Italian National Research Council and the JRC confirm that vaccinations remain the best way read more


International Women's Day: how our remarkable women got into science

03/08/2018, JRC

At the JRC, we have been working to improve gender equality in science.   Last year, women represented 35% of our staff, 18% of our managers and 50% of our senior managers.   read more


Soil carbon sink? It depends also on nitrogen

03/06/2018, JRC

A study just published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Nature Climate Change shows that soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases through increased storage of organic read more


Marine researchers propose declaring 23 percent of the Baltic Sea as ecologically significant areas

03/02/2018, SYKE

Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas have been proposed for different parts of the planet, but not yet for the Baltic Sea. SYKE research professor Markku Viitasalo read more


Soil erosion costs European farmers €1.25 billion a year

02/27/2018, JRC

Soil erosion costs European countries €1.25 billion in annual agricultural productivity loss and €155 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) loss, according to a JRC new read more


Land use change has warmed the Earth's surface

02/20/2018, JRC

Recent changes to vegetation cover are causing the Earth's surface to heat up. Activities like cutting down evergreen forests for agricultural expansion in the tropics create read more


Frost tolerance remains weak

02/19/2018, JRC

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter cereals remains weak in large read more


DOPA Explorer 2.0 – Better information promotes and protects global biodiversity

02/16/2018, JRC

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has today launched the second version of the free DOPA Explorer, the most advanced global information system read more


Climate-driven changes in freshwater flow will greatly impact Mediterranean marine ecosystems

02/15/2018, JRC

A JRC paper published in PLOS One yesterday finds that changes in the amount of freshwater flowing from rivers into the Mediterranean Sea can have a significant effect on read more


Deforestation in the tropics

02/14/2018, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest in Northeastern Brazil (Mata Atlântica).Photo: Mateus Dantas de Paula

Tropical forests around the world play a key role in the global carbon cycle and harbour more than half of the species worldwide. However, increases in land use during the past read more


Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agriculture

02/07/2018, JRC

The JRC has published a report on the minimum quality requirements for the use of treated waste water for agricultural purposes. read more


Improved seasonal climate prediction for maize yield forecasts in Europe

01/30/2018, JRC

Crops that are generally dependent on weather conditions are heavily impacted by climate variability and extremes. One of the problems in forecasting crop yields is the lack of read more


Very mild winter so far

01/22/2018, JRC

According to the January issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter wheat remains delayed and weaker read more


Emerging pollutants: a growing concern for our oceans

01/22/2018, JRC

The majority of chemicals on a combined list of more than 2700 potential marine contaminants are what's known as 'emerging pollutants': substances that have the potential to enter read more


Conserving our biodiversity: priorities for well-connected protected areas

01/17/2018, JRC

Only one-third of the world´s countries, and half of EU Member States, currently meet global targets when it comes to the connectivity of their designated natural protected areas read more


Are we circular yet? Focus on critical raw materials in circular economy

01/16/2018, JRC

The answer is "no, not yet". Critical raw materials are not used to their full extent as part of the circular economy and there are several improvement opportunities to reuse and read more


Two new nature conservation areas to Russia near the Finnish border

01/15/2018, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

At the end of the Year of the Environment 2017 Russia decided to establish a new National Park in the Lake Ladoga archipelago and a new Nature Park on the islands of the Eastern read more


How far to the nearest city? Global map of travel time to cities published

01/12/2018, JRC

Over 80% of people - 5.88 billion individuals - reside within one hour of a city. However, accessibility is not equally distributed across the development spectrum.   While people read more


Dead trees are alive with fungi

01/09/2018, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

So far, little research has been conducted on fungi that live on dead trees, although they are vital to the forest ecology by breaking down dead wood and completing the element read more


How the largest European soil dataset was born

01/05/2018, JRC

Ten years of planning and sampling has led to the creation of the largest harmonised European soil dataset, and the JRC is ready to carry out the most comprehensive assessment of read more


Tiny polyps save corals from predators and disease

12/22/2017, JRC

Corals may have unexpected allies in improving their health and resilience.   In a new study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society, the scientists show how tiny read more


JRC contribution to the EU Agricultural Outlook

12/21/2017, JRC

The EU Agricultural Outlook, published on Monday 18 December, presents the EU's annual projections of agricultural commodity markets to 2030 and stresses the importance of read more


Pollution legacy: is Lindane degradation making progress in soil and groundwater?

12/18/2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, UFZ

UFZ researchers develop a new method for quantifying the degradation of Lindane and other HCHs. read more


Science for an evolved Common Agricultural Policy


A positive future for food and farming with a strong EU agri-food sector also depends on an effective Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). read more


How much soil goes down the drain – new data on soil lost due to water

12/15/2017, JRC

According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also read more


Building steps towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

12/11/2017, Society, SYKE

A high-level international panel of scientific experts of United Nations will convene in Helsinki on 12 and 13 December. It will prepare assessments based on research data and draw read more


Vacancies at the JRC

12/07/2017, JRC

See the JRC's External Staff Recruitment Application (ESRA) for details. read more


EU and its Arctic partners agree to prevent unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean

12/07/2017, JRC

The European Union and nine nations have reached an international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas. read more


Lighting the world: electrification strategies for Sub-Saharan Africa

12/05/2017, JRC

In 2015, the majority of Africans lacked access to electricity. With an electrification rate of 43%, Africa has by far the lowest rate in the world. read more


Commission's top scientific advisers publish opinion on food from the oceans

11/30/2017, JRC

The High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published a new independent scientific opinion on Food from the Oceans. read more


Science for the AU-EU partnership

11/30/2017, JRC

From air pollutant emissions to zooplankton productivity – over 30 years of JRC scientific collaboration with Africa have been compiled in one publication, "Science for the AU-EU read more


Are you optimistic about our environmental future?


The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) is hosting a celebration event in Brussels on the 28th November 2017 to reflect – together with stakeholders - on past read more


Loss of species destroys ecosystems

11/28/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

How serious is the loss of species globally? Are material cycles in an ecosystem with few species changed? In order to find this out, the "Jena Experiment" was established in 2002, read more


Rainfall affects sowing in northern areas

11/27/2017, JRC

The November issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside three of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series: on Turkey, Russia and read more


Climate change and the food we eat

11/23/2017, JRC

A JRC analysis of climate change and global agriculture looks to 2050 and provides valuable insights for a sector that will feel the heat from climate change – as well as from read more


Ten municipalities to become forerunners of the circular economy

11/21/2017, Society, SYKE

Ten Finnish municipalities − Ii, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Porvoo, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vantaa − have committed themselves to promoting the circular read more


JRC at COP23: a cleaner, greener planet is both possible and affordable

11/08/2017, JRC

JRC at COP23: a cleaner, greener planet is both possible and affordable   Limiting global warming below the critical 2C level set out in the Paris Agreement is both feasible and read more


Ecological presence/absence matrices – a fresh perspective

10/30/2017, JRC

In an article recently published in Ecology, JRC scientist Giovanni Strona, together with Professor Werner Ulrich (Nicolaus Copernicus University) and Nick Gotelli (full professor read more


Wet conditions delay winter sowing in northern Europe; dry conditions continue in Mediterranean

10/23/2017, JRC

The October issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe and the Kazakhstan issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today. read more


Rivers carry plastic debris into the sea

10/17/2017, Water, UFZ

UFZ researchers have proven that large river systems are the main culprits for plastic pollution in the oceans read more


NOS – the new free software for the analysis of ecological networks

10/06/2017, JRC

A new, free software suite for the analysis of ecological networks has been released. The suite, which is named ‘NOS’ (Node Overlap and Segregation Software) and whose features are read more


The MEKROU project – promoting sustainability in the Mékrou basin

10/05/2017, JRC

A scientific-technical workshop organised by the JRC and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 19-23 September 2017 with the technical services read more


New scientific report confirms positive economic trends for EU fishing fleet

09/29/2017, JRC

According to the latest Annual Economic Report, the overall economic performance of the EU fleet improved again in 2015.   While still marginally profitable in 2009, the EU fleet read more


Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture

09/27/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to read more


Positive cropping season in Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

09/25/2017, JRC

Three issues in the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today: on Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. read more


Fuel from waste and electricity?

09/20/2017, Environmental Technologies, UFZ

Production of drop-in fuel from biomass and electric energy by combined microbial and electrochemical conversion read more


Hope for improving protection of the reticulated python

09/20/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Trading in skins of the reticulated python is such a lucrative business that illegal exports are rising sharply and existing trade restrictions are being circumvented on a large read more


Continued positive outlook for summer crops

09/18/2017, JRC

According to the JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, published today, favourable conditions prevailed in most of France, Germany and the Benelux countries. In read more


Black Sea water temperatures may buck global trend

09/15/2017, JRC

Average surface temperatures of the Black Sea may not have risen, according to the surprising results of a new study from the JRC. read more


JRC and global experts provide recommendations on the SDG indicator “water stress”

09/15/2017, JRC

In a new publication in Science of The Total Environment, JRC and leading global scientists in the field of water management identify 7 essential elements that should be considered read more


The quest for sustainable seafood – An international research consortium calls for fisheries and aquaculture management to tap into the power of genomics

09/08/2017, JRC

With the human population continuing to grow and the developing world gaining in prosperity, the global demand for food will rise. New food resources must therefore be explored, read more


Research at Lake Baikal - for the protection of a unique ecosystem

08/28/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Lake Baikal, with its exceptional species diversity and unique wildlife, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ read more


Slightly improved outlook for EU summer crops

08/21/2017, JRC

According to the latest JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, published today, heatwaves and scarce precipitation persisted in July and at the beginning of August in large read more


New standards for better water quality in Europe

08/10/2017, Water, UFZ

The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) is due to be revised by 2019. The necessary work process is already in full swing and scientific research is providing important input. read more


Super-heatwaves of 55°C to emerge if global warming continues

08/08/2017, JRC

Heatwaves amplified by high humidity can reach above 40°C and may occur as often as every two years, leading to serious risks for human health.   If global temperatures rise by read more


Europe to be hit hard by climate-related disasters in the future

08/05/2017, JRC

Weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the European population annually by the end of this century. This could result in a 50-fold increase in fatalities read more


Complementing and challenging the national cleantech innovation system in Finland

08/04/2017, SYKE

A study by SYKE's researchers develops an approach of analysing the strengths and weaknesses of Technological Innovation Systems (TIS) in a multi-scale context. read more


Finland’s cormorant population at previous summer’s level

08/04/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

A total of approximately 25,750 cormorant nests were counted in the summer of 2017. This means that the cormorant population in Finland’s marine areas only grew by one per cent, or read more


Study identifies land cover susceptible to change and soil resources most at risk

07/27/2017, JRC

The area of soils covered with trees and artificial surfaces is increasing in Europe, while arable land areas are declining. Sparsely vegetated areas are the most vulnerable to read more


New Knowledge Centre will provide scientific evidence on bioeconomy

07/26/2017, JRC

A new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre has been created by the JRC and DG RTD to better support policy makers with science-based evidence in this field. read more


Heat waves affect maize-producing regions in south-eastern Europe

07/25/2017, JRC

The July issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe was published yesterday, alongside one of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series: on Kazakhstan. read more


North Korea’s crop production has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather, and food insecurity is expected to worsen, concludes a joint FAO-JRC report.

07/24/2017, JRC

North Korea’s crop production has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather, and food insecurity is expected to worsen, concludes a joint FAO-JRC report. read more


Narrating expectations for the circular economy: Towards a common and contested European transition

07/18/2017, Society, SYKE

The EU Public Consultation on the second Circular Economy package has been explored through an analysis of the position papers of European stakeholders. read more


Developing key indicators of green growth

07/12/2017, Society, SYKE

Greening the economy has been widely discussed as a new strategy for simultaneously reducing environmental pressures, promoting economic growth and enhancing social well-being. read more


Baseline distribution of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern

07/12/2017, JRC

The first ever Baseline Distribution of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern has been published by the JRC. The 37 invasive alien species covered by this report have been read more


Extreme weather conditions and climate anomalies account for 40% of global wheat production variability

07/04/2017, JRC

JRC scientists have proposed a new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production. The study read more


Hot and dry start to summer

06/29/2017, JRC

The June issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe was published this week, alongside four Bulletins in the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series: on Russia, read more


Finns value urban living

06/28/2017, Society, SYKE

According to the latest “Asukasbarometri” (Residents’ barometer) survey, more and more Finns want to live in an urban environment. Urbanisation is also seen in changes in life read more


Smallholder forest producers in a changing climate

06/28/2017, Climate Change, SYKE

Smallholder forest producers are playing an important role in mitigating climate change, both through innovative practical action and political efforts via their producer read more


Coastal spatial planning forms the basis for sustainable business activities

06/21/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

The planning of coastal spatial management enables account to be taken of the effects of land-sea activities on coastal nature and local business activities. The objective of such read more


Public procurements are leverage in circular economy

06/21/2017, Society, SYKE

Municipalities would achieve significant cost savings and increase their material efficiency if new raw materials were to be replaced with recycled and reusable ones or if read more


An alternative hypothesis on the faunal colonization of the Himalayas?

06/15/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Until now, the fauna of the Himalayas was considered to be an "immigration fauna", with species that have immigrated primarily from neighbouring regions to the west and east since read more


Identifying realistic species interactions is key to understanding ecological networks

06/14/2017, JRC

In an article published in Ecology and Evolution on 13 June, Strona and Veech demonstrate how the underlying assumption in ecological network analysis that all species interactions read more


Promoting the Good Environmental Status of Marine Waters

06/09/2017, JRC

On 17 May 2017, the European Commission adopted two legislative instruments designed to help EU Member States to better define the good environmental status of their marine waters read more


JRC Marine Modelling Toolbox extended to cover the Black Sea

06/08/2017, JRC

The JRC has recently extended its Marine Modelling Toolbox to cover the Black Sea. read more


Where will the next food production problem occur? – launch of a new early warning system

06/06/2017, JRC

A new early warning system detecting agricultural production anomaly hotspots will be launched at the European Development Days on the 8 June 2017 in Brussels. read more


Significant blue-green algae blooms possible in Finnish marine areas during 2017 summer

06/01/2017, Marine, SYKE

The risk for vast blue-green algae blooms in the Gulf of Finland is greater than during previous years. The exceptional nutritional conditions are caused partially by major Baltic read more


Big fish in big trouble in Europe

06/01/2017, JRC

A new study by an international team of scientists, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, warns that many large fish species, including many of the sharks and rays of Europe, read more


Increased worldwide greening found to mitigate regional temperature differences

05/29/2017, JRC

A JRC-led article recently published in 'Science' finds that the increase in global vegetation density has had substantial climate impacts in recent decades, with a warming effect read more


Environmental heritage paper honoured with international award

05/26/2017, JRC

An international study warning of how World Heritage Sites are being damaged by human activities, of which the JRC was a co-author, has won a prestigious international award for read more


Dry and cold weather affects yield outlook

05/22/2017, JRC

Yield forecasts for winter crops – published today in the May issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe - were revised downwards by 2-3% at EU level compared to the read more


Corridors that can save jaguars

05/19/2017, JRC

A new study has assessed and provided management recommendations for the main corridors linking the few remaining jaguar populations in northern Argentina, in the southernmost part read more


The science, policy and practice of nature-based solutions

05/15/2017, Society, SYKE

A scientific paper on so-called Nature-Based Solutions has been produced in the ALTER-Net (Europe's Ecosystem Research Network). Such solutions to societal problems are currently read more


How Essential Biodiversity Variables and remote sensing can help national biodiversity monitoring

05/15/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) have been suggested to harmonize biodiversity monitoring worldwide. Vihervaara, P. et al. studied how well Finland’s current biodiversity read more


Integrating nitrous oxide emissions to inform climate-smart agriculture

05/15/2017, JRC

In a recently published article, JRC scientists describe a new model framework that extends a large-scale soil survey to include nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, in order to provide read more


Probabilistic Evaluation of Ecological and Economic Objectives of River Basin Management Reveals a Potential Flaw in the Goal Setting of the EU Water Framework Directive

05/10/2017, Water, SYKE

The biological status of European lakes has not improved as expected despite up-to-date legislation and ecological standards. As a result, the realism of objectives and the read more


Phthalates increase the risk of allergies among children

05/03/2017, UFZ

Phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in plastics, can considerably increase the risk of allergies among children. This was demonstrated by UFZ researchers in conjunction with read more


Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in Tropical Forests with Remote Sensing

05/02/2017, JRC

A recently published Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) sourcebook aims to support the efforts of the United Nations Convention on Biological read more


Urban Water Atlas for Europe - 360° view on water management in cities

04/27/2017, JRC

On 27 April 2017, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as read more


Urbanisation costs billion years of evolutionary history

04/26/2017, Society, UFZ

All over the globe, the urbanisation of landscapes is increasing. 60% of the land surface which is expected to be urban by 2030 is currently not built on at all. How this will read more


Same directive, different quality standards for EU rivers

04/24/2017, Society, DCE

New study shows significant differences i EU member states environmental quality standards for pollution in rivers. Under the Water Framework Directive of the European Union (EU), read more


Fairly positive outlook for winter cereals

04/24/2017, JRC

According to the April issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe published today, conditions of winter cereals are good, but more rain is needed to sustain high read more


Mangrove restoration at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba

04/10/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

Recently work on mangrove restoration begins at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba, an internationally important wetland designated as a Ramsar site. WEnR have been involved since 2015 in giving read more


Finnish research institutes planning centre in Chile to develop quality of environmental measurements

04/07/2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE

An international project has been launched at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) to plan a national Center for Environmental Reference in Chile together with the Finnish read more


HINKU municipalities reduce climate emissions by nearly a third in eight years

04/05/2017, Climate Change, SYKE

Emissions from municipalities in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network declined by an average 29 percent in 2007 - 2015. The greatest decreases in emissions were in the read more


Saving our heritage, our future: The worrying state of Mediterranean fish stocks

04/03/2017, JRC

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea are deteriorating at an alarming rate. A recent analysis shows that 93% of the assessed fish stocks are overexploited, and a number of them are read more


New global report on food crisis offers benchmark for action needed to avoid future disasters

03/31/2017, JRC

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million read more


Emissions from the edge of the forest

03/30/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

When talk is of important ecosystems, tropical forests are top of the list. After all, half of the carbon stored in all of the Earth's vegetation is contained in these ecosystems. read more


Calculating the potential impacts of Ecological Focus Areas on biodiversity and ecosystem services

03/30/2017, JRC

A new JRC Technical Report explores the potential impact of the implementation of Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) on the environment. read more


SETAC Europe: 2,000 scientists discuss cutting-edge research in environmental toxicology and chemistry

03/28/2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 27th Annual Meeting will draw 2,000 scientists from more than 60 countries from the Americas to Asia from 7–11 read more


Crop monitoring bulletins for Europe and the European neighbourhood published

03/28/2017, JRC

The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring bulletins for Europe and the European neighbourhood (part of the global outlook 2017 series covering North Africa and, for the first time, read more


Geese begin to threaten nature, agriculture and air traffic

03/27/2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, DCE

Many parts of Europe are beginning to experience an annual biological 'invasion' from the air in recent years. This ‘invasion’ is beginning to pose new challenges to air traffic, read more


Real-time monitoring of oil compounds installed in Tallinn-Stockholm ferry

03/24/2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE

The EU-funded project GRACE, coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute, has launched a system for real-time monitoring of oil compounds in open seawater. ”This kind of read more


Microplastics – a risk to inland and marine waters in Finland

03/24/2017, Water, SYKE

The state of Finland’s inland and marine waters has generally improved significantly over recent decades, thanks to effective water protection measures. But our waters are still read more


EU scientists see the forest for the trees (EU-Forest)

03/21/2017, JRC

The JRC has recently released a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe. The EU-Forest dataset is the most comprehensive database ever of forest resources at the EU read more


GrowApp: make an animation of climate change in your backyard

03/20/2017, Climate Change, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

The newly launched GrowApp allows people to make animations of trees, gardens and landscapes by taking pictures with their smartphone. The app directly transforms these pictures in read more


From entanglement to invasions of alien species: the harm caused by marine litter

03/17/2017, JRC

Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new JRC report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights read more


Only the tip of the iceberg

03/16/2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Whether orchids or mammals, insects or slugs and snails: nowadays there are a large number of animals and plants under observation. Researchers and dedicated activists work read more


SYKE helped to develop hydrological services in the Andes

03/14/2017, Water, SYKE

Finnish experts helped countries in the Andes region to develop their water, climate and weather services. Due to their geographical location, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru read more


Prediction of floods and droughts is an effective measure for adapting to climate change

03/07/2017, Climate Change, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

Operational water management based on accurate and reliable hydrological predictions can be an effective means of limiting the economic and social damage caused by an increasing read more


Experiments in climate governance

03/06/2017, Climate Change, SYKE

Experimentation has been proposed as a key way in which governance drives sustainability transitions. This article seeks to bring greater coherence to the literature and practice read more


Drone reveals hidden plant-soil history effects on crops

03/02/2017, Geoinformation, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

Plants not only change soil biology and chemistry during their growth but also via after life effects. These plant history effects are invisible and hidden in the soil, yet are of read more


Key role of forests in meeting climate targets

02/27/2017, JRC

Forests play a key role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. They cover around 25% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions planned by countries read more


Tracking marine and riverine litter – new recommendations published

02/23/2017, JRC

Marine litter is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities. Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and read more


Somalia: persistent drought leads to major food security crisis

02/21/2017, JRC

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, read more


No major constraints on winter crops

02/20/2017, JRC

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe, this winter is finishing with no major constraints to winter crops. read more


Recommendations for tracking marine and riverine litter in Europe

02/16/2017, JRC

The JRC has recently published two of a series of thematic reports that give recommendations and guidance on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas, in read more


Natural World Heritage Sites under severe pressure from human activities

02/10/2017, JRC

The first ever global quantification of the impact of humanity on natural World Heritage sites (NWHS) finds that the vast majority of NWHS are under severe pressure from increasing read more


Working together with Lebanon for water infrastructure and agricultural development

02/09/2017, Society, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

World Waternet, Acacia Water and Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) are working together to support Lebanon using Dutch water and agricultural expertise. This project is read more


The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea

02/03/2017, Marine, SYKE

With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on read more


Assessment of water, energy and agricultural needs for sustainable development in the Sava River Basin

02/03/2017, JRC

A new report co-authored by UNECE-JRC-KTH looking at the Sava River Basin shows that water management planning is needed in order to meet the long-term renewable energy targets. read more


EU scores high in connectivity of protected areas

01/31/2017, JRC

A new indicator developed by the JRC enables, for the first time, the measurement of progress towards meeting the UN connectivity target for protected areas. The indicator shows read more


Global flood risk to increase five-fold with a 4°C temperature rise

01/27/2017, JRC

A new JRC report looks at flood risk and economic damages under different global warming scenarios with 1.5˚C, 2˚C, and 4˚C temperature increases. It concludes that, if global read more


Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea a risk for fish and marine mammals

01/25/2017, Marine, SYKE

Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea has been measured for the first time. According to an international project co-led by the Finnish Environment Institute, the level of read more


Significant JRC contributions to European Environment Agency report on Climate Change

01/25/2017, JRC

Changes in climate are already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, the economy and on human health and well-being in Europe, according to the report ‘Climate change, impacts read more


Good news for the EU Fishing Fleet – Positive trends in economic performance and sustainability

01/24/2017, JRC

A JRC-DG MARE report has just been published, showing that the performance of the EU fishing fleet has significantly improved in recent years, moving from a loss-making position read more


Crop monitoring and forecasts for Europe and northern Africa

01/23/2017, JRC

Today, the JRC issued two MARS (Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS) crop monitoring bulletins: one focussing on the winter hardening and frost damage of winter cereals in Europe, read more


Real-time food prices in Africa enabled by new technologies and people's participation

01/11/2017, JRC

Recent food crises have revealed the importance of timely, reliable and accessible food price information to monitor food security and to support informed policy decision-making, read more


Water purification by Mother Nature and its benefits for society

01/04/2017, JRC

Water for drinking, home and public use, as well as for agriculture and industry is provided for free by Mother Nature or, as scientists and policy-makers put it, by ecosystem read more


New service for climate-change adaptation in water management

12/19/2016, Climate Change, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

SWICCA, part of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), offers readily available climate-impact data to speed up workflows in climate-change adaptation of water management read more


Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle's One Million Nest Boxes campaign helping birds in need

03/22/2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

The evaluation of threatened bird species in Finland was updated in 2015 under the coordination of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The evaluation concluded that overall the read more


Open data web service on sustainable society opened in Finland

03/18/2016, Society, SYKE

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has a new open data web service. SYKE produces open data and information for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable society. read more


Ecosystem services research and stakeholder involvement: between theories and practice

03/14/2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

What do people value, why and how? This should be a leading question in sustainability research, but putting it into practise can be tricky. A new paper published in the journal read more


New funding to tackle tree diseases

03/11/2016, Soils, Forests and Agriculture, CEH

Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will take part in a new £1million research project to prevent the spread of new diseases, including acute oak decline (AOD), a read more


MYGEOSS - Third call for innovative apps in the environmental and social domains

03/09/2016, JRC

MYGEOSS is launching an open call for the development of innovative applications (mobile or web-based) using openly available or crowd-generated data in different domains read more


International partners join to reduce postharvest losses in sub-Saharan Africa

03/08/2016, JRC

A JRC-initiated system estimating postharvest cereal losses in sub-Saharan Africa will be upgraded to allow for monitoring of other crops and improve postharvest management. read more


Land under pressure - Final conference of the 7 year research programme "Sustainable Land Management"

03/06/2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ

Leipzig. The way we use land is changing. Demand for farmland, food and energy seems insatiable, but land is a finite resource. The research programme "Sustainable Land Management" read more


The UK Lakes Portal - 40,000 lakes at your fingertips

03/03/2016, Water, CEH

The UK Lakes Portal is a new online gateway to discover the lakes of the United Kingdom, linking data from many institutions into one national hub. read more


All municipalities in mainland Finland invited to participate in the joint procurement of solar power

03/02/2016, Climate Change, SYKE

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has launched a joint procurement of solar power systems, inviting all municipalities and municipal enterprises in Finland to increase their read more


Number of oil discharges observed at sea decreased

02/29/2016, SYKE

In 2015, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities decreased significantly compared to the previous year. Eventually, 47 of the discharges read more


Last summer’s fish kill was caused by a toxic dinoflagellate: emerging algal toxins in coastal Finnish waters

02/24/2016, Marine, SYKE

Scientists at SYKE Marine Research Centre have related the fish kill in Ersöströmmen near Tammisaari last July to a dinoflagellate species, Karlodinium veneficum, not previously read more


Investigating long-range transported contaminants in Finnish Lapland

02/23/2016, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE

There is little information available on the presence and concentration of contaminants commonly used in consumer goods in the living environment. The Finnish Environment Institute read more


New evidence confirms human activities drive global warming

02/22/2016, JRC

A new statistical technique, analysing data records since measuring started 150 years ago, independently confirms that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions read more


El Niño - devastating impact on Southern Africa’s harvests and food security

02/12/2016, JRC

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of read more


First ever UK digital crop map from satellite data

02/02/2016, Soils, Forests and Agriculture, CEH

The first ever digital map of the UK’s arable crops has been created through an innovative collaboration between environmental researchers and business using data from the read more


Transitions to a Green Economy require political will and far-reaching transformations in society and economy

01/31/2016, Society, SYKE

Transitions to a green economy are never purely based on win-win solutions, but require taking into account potential trade-offs among multiple goals, across sectors and read more


Join our Marie Curie Masterclass in May 2016 at Aarhus University

01/28/2016, DCE

Aarhus University Dept. of Environmental Science would like to collaborate with ambitious postdoctoral researchers with excellent research track records on Marie Skłodowska-Curie read more


2016 access application to Zackenberg

01/27/2016, Fragile Environments, DCE

Zackenberg Research Station is situated in a unique setting in an undisturbed high arctic ecosystem in Northeast Greenland. Deadline for the 2016 access application to Zackenberg read more


Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

12/17/2015, Climate Change, CEH

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents. read more


Decreasing nitrogen emissions will cause relatively fast reductions of impacts on ecosystems

05/20/2015, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

The negative effects of acidic deposition in Europe and North America on natural ecosystems have been reduced significantly over the past decades, but the impacts of nitrogen on read more