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SYKE Policy Brief: Enhanced utilization of wastewater nutrients

Changes are needed in water management solutions. New technologies in the treatment of wastewater and sewage sludge would enable more efficient and more contaminant-free nutrient recovery, which would enable their utilisation in food production and...

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Over the years, the IPCC has given increasing importance to the risk concept, promoting now an almost universal trefoil figure, where risks result from the intersection of three components: hazard, exposure and vulnerability. (Photo: Colorbox).

New PEER Paper: The Yin and the Yang of the paths towards sustainability

Uncareful expansion of the renewable energy production systems risks to counter the goal to protect and restore ecosystems. At the same time increased food production to fulfil the zero hunger SDG may lead to biodiversity loss and water shortages.

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Deforestation in a tropical rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations Photo: Adobe stock / whitcomberd Deforestation in a tropical rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations Photo: Adobe stock / whitcomberd

Deforestation and grassland conversion are the biggest causes of biodiversity loss

The conversion of natural forests and grasslands to intensive agriculture and livestock is the biggest cause of global biodiversity loss. The next biggest drivers are the exploitation of wildlife through fishing, logging, trade and hunting - and then...

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Natural carbon dioxide reduction implemented faster and with less risk than high-tech approaches

Carbon dioxide can be removed from the atmosphere by natural or technical means. Natural sinks such as peatlands can be restored, and innovative technologies already exist to extract carbon from the air. Researchers from the Helmholtz Climate...

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PEER Webinar: How can we quantify biodiversity commitment?

Did you miss the PEER Webinar "Biodiversity Restoration: How can we quantify biodiversity commitment"? No worries, you can still watch it.

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Soil erosion is a serious threat to soil functions leading to land productivity decline and multiple off-site effects. © EU, 2022

Novel assessment shows vulnerability of arable land to soil erosion across Europe

A first-ever assessment at European scale combines the threat of water, wind, tillage and harvesting to reveal the cumulative impact on arable land. It is a basis for developing a comprehensive monitoring system for soil health.

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The CBD COP15: The need for integration & a realistic, fair and result-driven approach

Today ( 18 October 2022) the Chairman of the EEAC Working Group on Ecosystem Services published a summary of the observations, insights and recommendations that were discussed in the context of the upcoming CBD COP15 by experts that are part of...

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Regional bioeconomy strategies are crucial for improving livelihoods in rural and coastal areas, and for managing natural resources sustainably. © snapshotfreddy - 2022

Bioeconomy strategies in EU regions. Where are we?

Research shows there's a growing number of regional bioeconomy strategies following the launch of the revised EU Bioeconomy strategy in 2018

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Beware of aliens! Take action to tackle rise of invasive species

A new Europe-wide awareness campaign is calling on everyone to prevent the spread of invasive alien species.   • Invasive alien plants and animals threaten other wildlife and cost Europe’s economy over €12bn a year • By taking key actions,...

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PEER webinar on Ecosystem Restoration

25 October 2022, 11:00-12:00 CET, Zoom meeting Join our free pre-lunch PEER Webinar: How can we quantify biodiversity commitment?  

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