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



PEER combines forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences and and to enhance research on ecological sustainability.

Eklipse & Alternet: Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe. Photo credit: Allan Watt

Eklipse & Alternet: Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe

Behind Eklipse is a row of three EU-funded projects coordinated by UFZ and more than 800 experts.

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To be a world leader in integrating knowledge and expertise for sustainable development

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Welcome address of Mark Bailey, Chair of PEER and Director of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology



US importers and consumers are affected by US tariffs on aluminium

US tariffs on aluminium increased prices for US importers and consumers without any major effect on US imports from the EU and on global overcapacity, according to an assessment published today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre...

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Recommendation for the collection and recycling of light-EV batteries

A study recently published by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre assesses how best to identify at the European level an additional fifth category of batteries – those used for Light Means of Transport (LMT) such as e-bikes and similar new...

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Catching a big blue barrel floating on the ocean surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from the German research vessel SONNE during expedition SO268/3 crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Roman Kroke / UFZ

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, argues a new study by researchers from Sweden, Norway and Germany published on July 2nd in Science. According to the authors, plastic pollution is a...

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How JRC scientists are filling the data gaps for greener everyday products

We all have our own morning routines: rising from bed, jumping in the shower, getting dressed - maybe making a morning coffee or breakfast for the kids - and starting to think about the day.

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New project creates tools for monitoring the Arctic and adapting to the changing environment

The European Union will provide 15 million euros from the Horizon 2020 Programme to fund the Arctic PASSION project for the period 2021 to 2025. A consortium of 35 partners will promote the integration of international environmental observing systems...

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New framework provides insights into cross-border climate change impacts

Climate change impacts such as droughts, floods and storms may have consequences that extend to locations and jurisdictions far distant from their initial impact. Such cross-border impacts can cause severe disruption to societies and livelihoods. The...

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African Union – European Union science network brings evidence to agricultural policy

Two years on from its inception, the activities, achievements and way forward for the Pan African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) are presented today at the African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) agriculture ministerial...

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Actions to reduce pharmaceutical emissions in the Baltic Sea region

Hundreds of different medicines are consumed in the Baltic Sea region daily. Medicines benefit human and animal health, but after the use many of them end up to environment and can cause adverse effects to wildlife.

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Preserving evolutionary heritage: proposal for new conservation strategies

A new study led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre highlights the need to include “phylogenetic diversity” (namely the million years of evolution that a species or a species set represents) when evaluating which species and geographic...

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Scientists take samples in a small water body. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Small streams in agricultural ecosystems are heavily polluted with pesticides

Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling harmful insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter neighbouring streams and damage the aquatic communities, which are crucial for maintaining biodiversity, are part of the food web and...

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