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



More than half of Europe’s forests vulnerable to climate-related hazards, study finds

Climate change has made Europe’s forests more vulnerable to hazards like fires, insect outbreaks, windthrows, or a combination of these three, according to a new JRC study.

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Graphic: Word cloud. Photo: fotolia / graphic: Susan Walter / UFZ

Scientists Call for a Global Science Panel on Chemicals

An international group of scientists led by ETH Zurich and with the collaboration of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research is proposing a global intergovernmental science-policy body for informing policymakers and the public on chemicals...

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How may global changes affect the future of Finland's agricultural and food economy?

The future development of Finland's agricultural and food economy depends significantly on changes happening in other countries and how Finland reacts to those changes. In the next few decades, societies will change in a way that is difficult to...

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Antifouling paint choices may impact the spread of invasive species

Five antifouling paints for recreational craft were tested as part of the EU-funded COMPLETE project, which seeks concrete actions for the prevention of the arrival and spread of non-indigenous species in the Baltic Sea Region. The growth and...

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Science-policy cooperation has improved air quality in Europe

Successful cooperation between scientists and policymakers has significantly decreased air pollutant emissions in Europe, according to an article recently published in the Ambio journal. Sulphur dioxide emissions in Europe have decreased by 80 per...

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New research reveals municipal climate network’s positive impacts on local level climate work

Joining the Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) network has led to lower greenhouse gas emission levels in member municipalities in Finland. The majority of Hinku municipalities found that network membership has also improved the...

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Drought in Central Europe. Dried up field North of Leipzig, Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Shorter but more intense - Changes in the European droughts

Drought periods in Europe are shorter but more intense since the beginning of the 20th century. Moreover high temperatures, often accompanying these droughts, cause greater water loss from the soil. This has a significant negative effect on...

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Doctoral dissertation: Snowfall microphysics in surface-based and radar observations

A researcher of the Finnish Environment Institute, Jussi Tiira, has studied the impact of snow growth processes on snowfall, and further their manifestation in radar observations. The results are expected to improve quantitative snowfall estimation...

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Research green roof on the UFZ site in Leipzig Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

BlueGreen infrastructures for a new and resource-efficient urban neighbourhood

The UFZ is developing a management concept for handling rainwater in a cooperative design effort with the city of Leipzig, businesses and the investor.

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Study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors

The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study published today.

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