News and Events for Researchers

240 days degrading PBSA film in conventional farming (future climate) plot Photo: Purahong / UFZ

Degradation of biobased plastics in the soil

The idea of biodegradable plastics sounds good at first. However, very little is known about how they are degraded in the soil and how this is influenced by climate change. In two recent studies, soil ecologists at the Helmholtz Centre for...

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Webinar: SCALING & OPTIMAL NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR RESILIENT CITIES

Concepts for a tool that quantify the demand and potential for NBS to enhance ecosystem service (ES) provision and linking ESs to readily quantifiable and legislatively relevant environmental quality indicators, will be presented alongside with...

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Dissertation: Micro- and mesoplastics in the northern Baltic Sea: their fate in the seafloor and effects on benthic fauna

In her doctoral dissertation, Pinja Näkki, a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, has experimentally studied risks that organisms such as bivalves living on the seafloor face from microplastics.

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Remains of the Atlantic Forest near Recife, Brazil Photo: CacioM / AdobeStock

Forest edges in the tropics increase carbon emissions

The deforestation of the tropical rainforests is progressing unstoppably. According to scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), these forests are becoming fragmented at a higher rate than expected. By analysing...

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Dissertation: Sensitivity of Cereal Yields to Climate Change: Estimating Risks and Exploring Adaptation

The risks posed by climate change and the adaptation measures required to address those risks are usually evaluated using methods based on climate scenarios. A different approach is used in the doctoral dissertation by Finnish Environment Institute...

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Invasive alien species cause serious negative impacts to biodiversity. Source: Giedriius, Adobe Stocks 2021

Protecting nature against invasive alien species

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are animals or plants introduced accidentally or deliberately into a new environment, where they can cause serious negative impacts to biodiversity. They represent a major threat to native species and ecosystem services...

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Blogpost: Forest management policy from a Finnish perspective

The EU Forest Strategy has been the topic at Finnish family gatherings, summer events and in the social media during the peak of our holiday season. The debates about the Forest Strategy have portrayed a fierce disagreement over goals and means. The...

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US importers and consumers are affected by US tariffs on aluminium

US tariffs on aluminium increased prices for US importers and consumers without any major effect on US imports from the EU and on global overcapacity, according to an assessment published today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre...

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Recommendation for the collection and recycling of light-EV batteries

A study recently published by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre assesses how best to identify at the European level an additional fifth category of batteries – those used for Light Means of Transport (LMT) such as e-bikes and similar new...

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How JRC scientists are filling the data gaps for greener everyday products

We all have our own morning routines: rising from bed, jumping in the shower, getting dressed - maybe making a morning coffee or breakfast for the kids - and starting to think about the day.

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