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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 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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


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 >>


Analysis outlines a new approach for assessing chemical risks

Pesticide analysis

Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across the world, according to a new review paper in the journal Science. read more >>


Pollination is better in cities than in the countryside

Bumble bee pollinates a flower . Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. Researchers from central Germany have now published this result in Nature Communications. Despite a greater diversity of flying insects in the countryside, more bees in cities... read more >>


Chemicals in the environment: A focus on mixtures

Chemical mixtures. Photo: Rade Lukovic - Fotolia

Combined chemical and bioanalytical methods are able to efficiently characterise chemical mixtures. read more >>


Finland’s comprehensive Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) now in English

One of the most comprehensive in the world, the assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland is now available also in English. The Red List of all of Finland’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems was first published in Finnish in December 2018.... read more >>


Tracking water resilience: how a hotter planet could put pressure on our plants

Failure to limit global warming will lead to a less resilient supply of the ‘green water’ that plants and crops need to thrive, according to new climate modelling from the JRC.   Under a ‘high emission’ scenario (where efforts made to reduce... read more >>