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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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Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) -  Picture: Martin Warren

A major new EU Pilot Project, Assessing Butterflies in Europe (ABLE), will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and to inform EU biodiversity and agricultural policies.   The ABLE project is a partnership... read more >>

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How much nature is lost due to higher yields?

Figure: Responses of species richness and yield to conventional land-use intensification. Source: UFZ

The exploitation of farmland is being intensified with a focus to raising yields. The degree to which yields actually increase as a result and the extent of the simultaneous loss of biological diversity have to date been under-researched factors. read more >>

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Mapping Europe's invasive alien species

The Egyptian Goose, first introduced to the UK in the 17th Century, is one invasive alien species included in the report ©Maciej Olszewski, Adobe Stock 2019

A new JRC report shows where Europe's 'invasive alien species' are located. read more >>

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Microplastics widely detected in freshwaters, yet most studies are not fully reliable

Microplastics are widely detected in freshwater, wastewater and a limited number of drinking water studies. But the majority of the studies (92% of the reviewed studies) cannot be considered fully complete or reliable on at least one crucial aspect... read more >>

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Risk assessment of pesticides

Use of pesticides in agriculture. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

According to European Union guidelines, the use of pesticides must not lead to a decline in biodiversity. A large number of studies have revealed, however, that the current use of chemical pesticides has harmful effects on ecosystems and biological... read more >>

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How can the financial sector protect their portfolios against climate change?

The physical impacts of climate change, such as flooding and extreme weather events, can have significant financial impact. Yet most companies are not accounting for physical climate risk, as The Economist pointed out recently. A new report provides... read more >>

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The number of people affected by food crises remains at alarming levels

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance in 2018, according to a new report published today in Brussels. read more >>

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Testing fish DNA: a cost effective way to tackle fraud

A new study shows that authorities can reap the benefits of investing in fish DNA analysis techniques to enforce EU laws and protect sustainable fishing activities. read more >>

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Knowledge gap closed in our understanding of degradation of ethane

Formation of small vesicles indicate that Candidatus Argoarchaeum ethanivorans divide by budding. Photo: Matthias Schmidt / UFZ.

With a share of up to ten percent, ethane is the second most common component of natural gas and is present in deep-seated land and marine gas deposits all around the world. Up to now, it was unclear how ethane is degraded in the absence of oxygen. A... read more >>

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Climate extremes hitting maize production could become the new norm by 2020

Even with an increase in global temperatures of just 1.5 °C, the worst production losses experienced by maize producers so far are likely to become increasingly frequent. read more >>