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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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19.05.2022

IIASA-PEER workshop Climate Information Services

These presentations give insight in past and current projects and provide links to reports and web sites. Feel free to share!

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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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Wastewater, agriculture and urbanization have the biggest absolute impact on the multifunctionality of streams and rivers. Source: UFZ
25.05.2022

Ecological functions of streams and rivers severely affected globally

Agriculture, loss of habitat or wastewater effluents - human stressors negatively impact biodiversity in streams and rivers. Very little is known yet about the extent to which their capacity for self-purification and other essential ecosystem...

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23.05.2022

The Finnish Freshwater Competence Centre aims to boost science, education, and business with key technologies

The main goal of the Freshwater Competence Centre is to promote the research infrastructure, equipment, and the outstanding Finnish freshwater competence and knowledge both nationally and internationally, in order to make wide-reaching science with...

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19.05.2022

IIASA-PEER workshop Climate Information Services

These presentations give insight in past and current projects and provide links to reports and web sites. Feel free to share!

read more