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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

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Climate change: now is the moment to rebuild better

The urgency of actions to recover from the COVID-19 crisis must not deter long-term climate objectives. The recovery efforts must seize the opportunity to increase the resilience of our society, especially to climate impacts. read more >>

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Environmental footprint method to support the assessment of climate impacts of public procurements

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method developed by European Commission is used to assess the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycles. A new study by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) proposes that this method... read more >>

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Food insecurity and the knock-on effects of COVID-19 in the hungriest countries

The number of people battling acute hunger and suffering from malnutrition is on the rise again. The upheaval set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic may push even more families and communities into deeper distress. read more >>

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Call for expressions of interest from HEIs/universities - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (2020)

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is calling for applications for its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (CDP) by 3 May 2020.   read more >>

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Climate and health impacts of residential wood combustion in Finland

According to the dissertation by Mikko Savolahti, a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, residential wood combustion causes 200 premature deaths in Finland each year. In addition, residential combustion is a contributing factor to... read more >>

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Pesticides increase the risk of schistosomiasis, a tropical disease

Researchers examined 48 bodies of running water in Kenya for pesticide contamination, composition of the biological communities and occurrence of snails. Photo: UFZ

Schistosomiasis is a severe infectious disease caused by parasitic worms. As an intermediate host, freshwater snails play a central role in the life cycle of the parasite. In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers... read more >>

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Helen Mirren adds her voice to campaign against devastating plant disease Xylella

Xylella damage to olive trees (photo Steven White, UKCEH)

A new animation narrated by Dame Helen Mirren warns of the devastation caused by the plant disease Xylella fastidiosa, which has wiped out millions of olive trees in southern Europe and put thousands of jobs at risk. read more >>

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Overweight from cosmetics

If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens, this may have consequences. Photo: Blue Planet Studio/Adobe Stock

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens that remain on the skin for protracted periods, this may have consequences for their child's subsequent weight development. This is demonstrated in a... read more >>

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New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricity emissions, reforms in district heating... read more >>

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A new study identifies the most damaging invasive non-native species likely to arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula region

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The work by an international research team, led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will inform measures to prevent and mitigate future invasions. Of the 103 species considered in detail, 13 were... read more >>