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PEER News / October 2010

 


Dear reader,

The central theme for this newsletter is PEER's role in environmental research for the great societal challenges Europe is facing, which is reflected in the PEER position paper on FP8 and in the interview with Henrik Sandbech - the PEER Chair - in the International Innovation magazine. I also welcome you to read about the latest environmental news, events, publications and job offers from the PEER centres.


Jacques Jansen
Secretary General
     


Henrik Sandbech: collaboration a key to success
22 October 2010, PEER
Henrik Sandbech Henrik Sandbech, Chairman of PEER and Director-General of the National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Denmark, was recently interviewed by the International Innovation magazine...
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PEER partners participate in European topic centre on climate change adaptation
5 July 2010, Climate Change, PEER
Pier under water PEER scientists take part in a new European Topic Centre on climate change adaptation. The new topic centre will provide support to the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its monitoring...
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Forests make heatwaves initially warmer
7 September 2010, Climate Change, Alterra, Wageningen UR
meettoren During heatwaves forests reduce their evaporation. This causes the atmosphere to warm up even more. During extremely long periods of heat, however, this reduction enables the forests to...
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FRISBEE sent around Europe - Cemagref coordinates large project to develop new food refrigeration technologies
23 September 2010, Environmental Technologies, Irstea
FRISBEE kick-off meeting Imagine a refrigerator which does not contain any refrigerants which are harmful to the environment, consumes almost no energy, and maintains foods safe and in excellent quality. Such...
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Proven by experience in five municipalities: carbon neutral municipality not a utopian idea
15 October 2010, Society, SYKE
Laurinmarkkinat fair Two years ago, five municipalities promised to become pioneers. They decided to curb their greenhouse gas emissions by more than required under EU objectives, and ahead of schedule. In two...
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PEER success rate in FP7 calls higher than average
22 October 2010, PEER
PEER success rate in FP7 PEER has analyzed the participation and success of its member centres in European Commission’s FP7 calls. Cemagref performed the analysis owing to cooperation with the French Ministry of...
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Mosses provide early warning of air pollution
18 October 2010, Atmosphere, CEH
Moss on the bank of a stream (Photograph - Chris Evans, CEH, UK) The European Moss Survey has been monitoring heavy metal deposition from the atmosphere since 1990. Now researchers have carried out the first detailed analysis of factors affecting...
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Signs of reversal of Arctic cooling in some areas
29 July 2010, Climate Change, UFZ
View on Kunjok valley in the North of Khibiny Mountains (Kola Peninsula, NW-Russia) Moscow/Stuttgart/ Halle(Saale). Parts of the Arctic have cooled clearly over the past century, but temperatures have been rising steeply since 1990 also there. This is the finding of a...
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The use of biofuels for cars pays off when oil becomes too expensive
20 October 2010, Climate Change, DCE
Biofuel share of road energy consumption This is the conclusion of a new analysis published by the National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) at Aarhus University. Environmental researchers have examined the socio-economic...
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JRC-IES at COP 10 on Biological Diversity
21 October 2010, JRC - IES
JRC atlas The 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is currently taking place in Nagoya, Japan, 18 – 29 October 2010.
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Innovative environmental research essential for a changing society
22 October 2010, PEER
FP8 Position Paper PEER concludes that strategic environmental research should be focused on the links between the grand challenges: water security, energy security, food security, social wellbeing, and the...
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PEER LOCATIONS


Opportunities

PhD doctoral scholarships
The Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE) invites...
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JRC call for Permanent Officials (researchers)
Starting 30 September, the JRC is organising open competitions to recruit new scientific/technical...
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Atmospheric Physicist/Chemist
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is seeking an Atmospheric Chemist/Physicist to join the Aerosol...
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PhD Studentship Opportunity - Assessing the soil carbon sequestration value of energy crops
The UK has committed to 80% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and it is recognised...
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Events

ALTER-Net seminar: Ecosystem services and Biodiversity: what is the link between the two?, 3-4 November, Vienna
To contribute to the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, ALTER-Net, the long-term...
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Seminar on bioenergy landscapes, 3 Nov 2010
With the agreement on the new Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), a new driver for land use...
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PhD Summer School in Ecological modeling and Environmental Management – 3 ETCS, 6 June 2011
The objective of the first PhD Summer School is to inform and discuss PhD activities and science...
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CEH Open Day
CEH hosts successful Open Day - 20 September 2010


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Publications

Natura 2000: Successful lessons from abroad
Strong coordination and clear delegation of tasks are keys to successful implementation of Natura...
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TEEB Report Puts World’s Natural Assets on the Global Political Radar
Nagoya, Japan, 20 October 2010– The economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly...
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FinWater WEI brochure
Programme for Finland’s Water SectorSupport to the EECCA Countriesunder the Wider Europe Initiative
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19th Annual Report
2010 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution International Cooperative Programme on Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystems
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