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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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Impending threats to biodiversity

The world map illustrates where an expansion of agricultural use will pose a particular threat to biodiversity (red markings). In contrast, the areas marked in yellow show a low biodiversity. An expansion of agricultural land in these regions would therefore mean less loss of biodiversity. Photo: Map: Florian Zabel / Tomáš Václavík

How does the expansion or intensification of arable farming affect global agricultural markets and biodiversity? read more >>


Problem solving in Zanzibar with the expertise of the Finnish Environment Institute

Underwater nature of Zanzibar, Tanzania, is spectacular with its coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests. Marine life is however facing severe threats as coastal zone is affected by increasing tourism, coastal building, overfishing and... read more >>


Frankincense in peril

Frankincense is being traded for a few thousand years already and cherished by hundreds of millions worldwide. But its production is expected to half within 2 decades. This is the worrisome conclusion of a study by a group of Ethiopian and Dutch... read more >>


Soils may reduce the impact of drought, or enhance damage

Tundra and natural forests in Northern Europe are more sensitive to extreme dry and hot climatic events than Mediterranean areas in Southern Europe. The soil plays an important role in determining the climate adaptability of these regions. A soil... read more >>


4 million euro for training programme new experts in wildfires

The past two years were characterized by deadly wildfires in Southern Europe and an increasing number of wildfires in northern regions. This is a glimpse of what is expected in the future. The European Union assigns a 4 million euro grant to... read more >>


Extreme climate events impact domestic and international agricultural prices

A recent JRC study investigated the effects of extreme climatic events on agricultural commodity markets. read more >>


Global Surface Water Explorer – a virtual time machine documenting the 'When and Where' of global water presence over the past 35 years

An updated version of the Global Surface Water Explorer was launched at the Living Planet Symposium in Milan last month. read more >>


Assessing the greenhouse gas impact of forest management activities in EU countries

On 18 June 2019, the Commission published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets, as well as technical recommendations on Member States'... read more >>


European droughts in 2018: a warning of things to come

A recent JRC article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe's 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes. read more >>


Significant risk of blue-green algae blooms in summer across Finnish sea areas – warm and sunny summer may dramatically increase occurrence of blooms

The risk of significant and widespread blue-green algae blooms in Finnish sea areas matches that of previous years, since the nutrient situation has remained largely the same. This summer brings with it a substantial risk of blue-green algae... read more >>