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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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More vegetables, more contact with nature, less food waste - new operating model for day-care centres

Children like vegetables, fruit, and berries that they have grown and cooked themselves. Day-care centres can reduce their food wastage through long-term cooperation and planning. Interaction between children and nature can be enhanced by taking long... read more >>

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More reliable information with Product Environmental Footprint

There are dozens of different environmental labels and ecodesign tools for products in operation in the marketplace. The environmental information on products intended for consumers should be harmonised. This would also contribute to a level of... read more >>

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EU ecosystem services valued at almost €125 billion a year

A recent JRC article describes a new method for assessing ecosystem services and their monetary value in the EU, and tracking their changes over time.   Based on 2012 data, the authors estimate the value of 6 ecosystem services (crop provision,... read more >>

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New findings reveal a need to optimise the use of phosphorus in agriculture

The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.   Fertiliser use has an impact on agriculture and on the environment.   Under most conditions, the use of... read more >>

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The wellbeing connection

Leading the list of species with significant existence value to Germany – the common crane (Grus grus). Photo: A. Trepte, www.photo-natur.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Soya and beef from South America, timber from Russia, fish from China - in an era of globalisation, central Europe has become a market for animal and plant products from all over the world. But in addition to these tangible goods, faraway ecosystems... read more >>

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How to improve water quality in Europe

The Danube is Europe’s second largest river and is used intensively by people. It is one of six rivers that formed the focus of the EU project SOLUTIONS. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Toxic substances from agriculture, industry and households endanger water quality in Europe - and by extension, ecosystems and human health. As part of the SOLUTIONS project, over 100 international scientists - coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for... read more >>

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How soil organic matter composition affects carbon sequestration

A recent Nature Geoscience article recommends that carbon sequestration strategies consider the inherent soil carbon capacity and nitrogen availability in ecosystems, as the amount of carbon captured in soil and its stability depends on different... read more >>

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SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compensation needs to be used to secure biodiversity

In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere. The principle is that the compensation is paid by the one that causes the damage. The SYKE Policy Brief published today states... read more >>

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Actions needed to ensure the supply of materials for emerging dual use technologies

As experts meet for the European Commission’s annual raw materials week, a new JRC report calls for a wide range of actions to address bottlenecks in the supply of materials needed for the development of emerging technologies important to Europe’s... read more >>

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Only some biodegradable plastics actually decompose rapidly in the Baltic Sea

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has studied how biodegradable and bio-based materials actually decompose in the Baltic Sea marine environment. The research programme comprised a set of year-long tests in the sea. Some materials decomposed... read more >>

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