News and Events for Researchers

Butterflies and moths have difficulty adjusting to a rapidly changing climate

Climate change exerts great pressure for change on species and biodiversity. A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Environment Institute indicates that the few moth and butterfly species (Lepidoptera) capable of...

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Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are vital cogs in the ecological machine.

World Bee Day: New handbook to support the development of European nature restoration targets

Today, on World Bee Day, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is publishing a summary for policy makers of the first EU–wide ecosystem assessment.

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The blue economy as a whole presents a huge potential in terms of its contribution to a green recovery

2021 EU Blue Economy report – Emerging sectors prepare blue economy for leading part in EU green transition

The European Commission has published the fourth edition of “The EU Blue Economy Report”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU-27 economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment.

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Aranda’s monitoring cruise: Spring bloom peak in Gulf of Finland and Baltic Proper

The annual spring monitoring cruise of R/V Aranda took place in late April. During the cruise the phytoplankton spring bloom was already at its peak in the Gulf of Finland. Spring is the time with the densest phytoplankton blooms in the Baltic Sea,...

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The Eder dam (Germany) in the year 2019. Areas of water that are drying out release considerably more carbon than areas covered by water. Photo: Maik Dobbermann

Carbon emissions from dams considerably underestimated so far

Among other things, dams serve as reservoirs for drinking water, agricultural irrigation, or the operation of hydropower plants. Until now, it had been assumed that dams act as net carbon stores. Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre of Environmental...

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The UFZ research station Bad Lauchstädt is part of the DroughtNet network with more than 100 stations worldwide. Source: UFZ

Less precipitation means less plant diversity

Climate change might lead to changes in plant diversity, especially in the world’s drylands. Water is a scarce resource in many of the Earth’s ecosystems. This scarcity is likely to increase in the course of climate change. This, in turn, might lead...

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Consumption data and carbon footprint calculators require support from our everyday environment to enhance changes in consumption

Changing consumption patterns is essential for curbing environmental problems. Several applications have been developed to collect consumption data and calculate environmental impact. A new dissertation reveals that these alone will not generate...

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From science to action: finding a common European approach for tracking SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in wastewater

It is seven in the evening and JRC scientist Bernd Gawlik is multitasking: he is preparing a dinner with a recipe originating from the German part of Silesia – the region his family is originally from – while drafting replies to a journalist on...

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New genomic techniques: where do we stand?

The JRC contributed to a new study published today by the Commission on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law.

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The European bioeconomy in 2050: four foresight scenarios

The Commission’s 2020 Strategic Foresight Report mentions the potential of a sustainable bioeconomy, to transform Europe’s agricultural and industrial base and create new jobs, whilst enhancing our natural resources and ecosystems.

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