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PEER members are dedicated exclusively to environmental research focusing on the interaction between man and the environment and sustainable development.

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PEER combines forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences, to enhance ecological research and to strengthen the knowledge base for the sustainable development.             

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PEER has defined three Strategic Areas for research in our network: Biodiversity, Climate Action and Adaption as well as Urban Environmental Sustainability.

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Get the latest scientific findings on migrant settlements, urban food systems and research on the relation between nature and health in the city.
13.09.2022

PEER webinar Nature Based Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities

30 September 2022, 11:00-12:00 CET, Zoom meeting Green Cities is the Wageningen Environmental Research programme that focuses on understanding and applying a nature-based approach in urban areas. Join our free pre-lunch PEER Webinar!  

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The Rappbode reservoir in the Harz region. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ The Rappbode reservoir in the Harz region is surrounded by forests and is the largest drinking water reservoir in Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ
20.09.2022

Climate Change is Affecting Drinking Water Quality

The disappearance of forests will have consequences for water quality in reservoirs. The water stored in reservoirs ensures our supply of drinking water. Good water quality is therefore important - but is at significant risk due to climate change. In...

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Get the latest scientific findings on migrant settlements, urban food systems and research on the relation between nature and health in the city.
13.09.2022

PEER webinar Nature Based Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities

30 September 2022, 11:00-12:00 CET, Zoom meeting Green Cities is the Wageningen Environmental Research programme that focuses on understanding and applying a nature-based approach in urban areas. Join our free pre-lunch PEER Webinar!  

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13.09.2022

Current-use flame retardants have been detected in the Arctic environment

New study examines the prescence of flame retardants by modelling long-range transport and emissions from local sources of new contaminants in the Arctic.

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27.07.2022

Will Europe's forest and its firewood help Europe through the winter?

How will we get through the winter with the looming gas crisis looming? The European Commission wants European countries to start using less gas as soon as possible. Among other measures, it is also looking at an all-time energy reserve that is...

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The map shows the land use intensity index (LUI). Source.UFZ The map shows the land use intensity index (LUI). Source.UFZ
14.07.2022

Studying grassland from space

UFZ researchers develop a method with which they can utilise satellite data and artificial intelligence to determine the land-use intensity of meadows and pastures. Extensively used grassland is host to a high degree of biodiversity, and performs an...

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Tree mortality in the Italian Alps driven by windstorms and bark-beetle infestations © Alessandro Cescatti
13.07.2022

Climate variability drives global decline of forest resilience

Understanding the underlying mechanisms of forest resilience is of paramount importance to develop sound conservation and management plans.

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16 coal-fired power stations operate in the region. © despotodstiga - stock.adobe.com 2022
28.06.2022

Limited progress on environmental and climate protection in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans made some improvements in aligning environmental and climate monitoring, as well as reporting legislation with EU standards. Implementation, however, is patchy, concludes a JRC report released today.

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© Photo: Esa Nikunen/SYKE
15.06.2022

Increasing tree harvest does not help to reach Paris agreement targets

A fresh review study shows that increased felling reduces carbon sequestered in forests significantly in both boreal and temperate regions. It is often argued that although increased harvesting does reduce carbon sequestered in forests, this is a...

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Suvi Lehtoranta
09.06.2022

Dissertation: Towards circular economy in wastewater management – Environmental impacts, benefits and drawbacks of improved nutrient recovery and recycling by source separation

According to the dissertation, source separation of wastewater would significantly increase the efficiency of nutrient recovery from wastewater. Meanwhile, the climate impact of wastewater treatment would decrease.

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09.06.2022

Information concerning the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is lacking – more data is needed especially on health effects and impacts on terrestrial environment

Information on the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is still lacking, tells a recent study by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

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