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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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Up to 50% increase in wildfires projected by 2100

A United Nations Environment Programme report predicts a substantial increase in wild fires, even if greenhouse gases are reduced.   The report found some of the biggest increases in areas not used to seeing wildfires, such as the Arctic and central...

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COVID-19 wastewater sampling technique used in anti-microbial resistance project

A £1.25 million project will research the role of managing antibiotic use in combatting anti-microbial resistance (AMR) transmission. It will use the novel wastewater sampling technique UKCEH developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is...

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Today around 1,370 wastewater treatment plants are under regular surveillance across the EU © felipe caparros - 2022

Coronavirus response: monitoring of wastewater contributes to tracking coronavirus and variants across all EU countries

One year ago, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation asking EU Member States to put in place wastewater monitoring to track COVID-19 and its variants.

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Spreading fertiliser in India

UKCEH helps UN member states to tackle nitrogen waste

Scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have contributed to the first global agreement to reduce nitrogen waste and reduce adverse impacts on human health, biodiversity and climate change.   Nitrogen is essential to the growth...

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Urban green space, London Mitre Square in London is seen as a good example of a new urban green space. The multi-functional area was co-designed with the local community. Photo: Roschue via Wikimedia Commons

Natural features support urban areas’ adaptation to climate change

A new project involving the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will support Britain’s towns and cities as they adapt to the impacts of climate change.   The initiative will bring together experts in a range of disciplines and aims to ‘reclaim...

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