News and Events for Policymakers

Tree mortality in the Italian Alps driven by windstorms and bark-beetle infestations © Alessandro Cescatti

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

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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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

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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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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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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World heritage site Suomenlinna © The Governing Body of Suomenlinna

The significant role of volunteering in monitoring litter

The Finnish Rotary and the Governing Body of Suomenlinna are taking part in the monitoring and research work being carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE on the quantities, types and sources of litter. The Rotary members are committed...

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Climate change has an impact, but human actions will determine the fate of the Baltic Sea

A comprehensive review of the effects of climate change on the Baltic Sea has been completed. All scientific literature related to the Baltic Sea and climate change from 2010–2021 has been compiled in the review, and an international team of...

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Wood in Russia. Source: Wageningen University Research

Does the EU depend on Russia for its wood?

With the Russian-Ukrainian war going on, it becomes apparent how much the EU is depending on Russia for its oil and gas supply. Alternative sources and new forms of renewable energy supply will have to be developed even faster.  

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The long-horned bee (Eucera notata) belongs to the family of wild bees (Apidae). Photo: Nicolas Vereecken / Selections Naturelles The long-horned bee (Eucera notata) belongs to the family of wild bees (Apidae), of which there are more than 550 in Germany alone, and over 20,000 species worldwide. They therefore play a central role as pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. Photo: Nicolas Vereecken / Selections Naturelles

Survey of pollinators - The SPRING project is helping to establish an EU-wide monitoring system for pollinators

Insects have an important function for both ecosystems and the economy. Almost 90% of flowering wild plants worldwide depend at least partially on pollination by animals. More than 75% of all food crops also need pollinators if they are to produce...

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