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Cut pesticide use, but how?

The use of pesticides is heavily debated. On paper, it's possible to significantly reduce pesticide usage through clever interventions, but reality proves to be more challenging. Successful green innovation requires knowledge of plant cultivation,...

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The TSARA initiative confirms its commitment to transforming agrifood systems through research and innovation in partnership with Africa

Launched in March 2022, the TSARA Initiative - Transforming Food Systems and Agriculture through Research in Partnership with Africa – including 22 members from African and French institutions across 14 different countries, held its second general...

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A mosaic of crops in a small valley. @CAUVIN Brigitte / INRAE

Impacts of the European Green Deal on the agrifood sector

Researchers at INRAE analysed the market and non-market impacts of the European Green Deal on the European agrifood system. Substantial positive impacts on the climate, the environment and public health require simultaneous action on agricultural...

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Flood of Saale river in Halle, Germany in June 2013 Halle /Germany (June 2013). According to the findings of the UFZ scientists, the Saale river is one of the rivers with a high flood complexity. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Land under water - what causes extreme flooding

According to UFZ researchers, the more flood driving factors there are, the more extreme a flood is.

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Neuston net towed on the side of the German RV SONNE, collecting surface-floating plastic samples when crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Philipp Klöckner / UFZ Neuston net towed on the side of the German RV SONNE, collecting surface-floating plastic samples when crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Philipp Klöckner / UFZ

There are large accumulations of plastics in the ocean, even outside so-called garbage patch

When plastic ends up in the ocean, it gradually weathers and disintegrates into small particles. If marine animals ingest these particles, their health can be severely affected. Large accumulations of plastic can therefore disrupt the biological...

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October 2023, the warmest October on record © European Union, 2024

Climate-related financial risks are a major challenge

JRC scientists support the European Environment Agency in mapping out the climate risks that Europe needs to prepare for over the next decade, identifying financial risks as a particular concern.

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Map: Mapping chemical footprints in European streams. Source: UFZ

Mapping chemical footprints in European streams

It is well known that if chemicals from domestic sources enter water bodies via sewage treatment plants, agriculture, and industry, this can endanger freshwater ecosystems. In order to find out more about the pollution of European rivers, a research...

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New trade agreements to result in positive cumulative impact on EU agri-food trade balance

Ten upcoming free trade agreements (FTAs) will diversify trade sources, thus improve the resilience of EU food supply chains, according to a new JRC study.

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Too much ‘seasoning’ in our rivers: More water scarcity due to future pollution

Many people across the world face water scarcity. Not only because of changing availability of water, but also because of pollution.

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In 2019 only 38% of the total post-consumer waste was separately collected © lovelyday12 - 2024

Less than one-fifth of EU plastic was recycled in 2019, but 2025 targets can be still reached

Combined actions such as reduced waste export and increased separate waste collection could more than double the amount of recycled plastic in the EU

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