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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

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Finland’s comprehensive Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) now in English

One of the most comprehensive in the world, the assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland is now available also in English. The Red List of all of Finland’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems was first published in Finnish in December 2018.... read more >>


Tracking water resilience: how a hotter planet could put pressure on our plants

Failure to limit global warming will lead to a less resilient supply of the ‘green water’ that plants and crops need to thrive, according to new climate modelling from the JRC.   Under a ‘high emission’ scenario (where efforts made to reduce... read more >>


More efficient risk assessment for nanomaterials

Nanomaterials. Photo: Siarhei_AdobeStock

Nanotechnology is booming, but risk assessment for these tiny particles is a laborious process that presents significant challenges to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). To find more efficient test methods, researchers at the... read more >>


CEH becomes independent as the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

UKCEH directors

We are pleased to announce that, as of 1 December 2019, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent research institute. Our mission, purpose and scientific integrity will be preserved and we will continue to deliver impartial, world-class... read more >>


More vegetables, more contact with nature, less food waste - new operating model for day-care centres

Children like vegetables, fruit, and berries that they have grown and cooked themselves. Day-care centres can reduce their food wastage through long-term cooperation and planning. Interaction between children and nature can be enhanced by taking long... read more >>


More reliable information with Product Environmental Footprint

There are dozens of different environmental labels and ecodesign tools for products in operation in the marketplace. The environmental information on products intended for consumers should be harmonised. This would also contribute to a level of... read more >>


EU ecosystem services valued at almost €125 billion a year

A recent JRC article describes a new method for assessing ecosystem services and their monetary value in the EU, and tracking their changes over time.   Based on 2012 data, the authors estimate the value of 6 ecosystem services (crop provision,... read more >>


New findings reveal a need to optimise the use of phosphorus in agriculture

The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.   Fertiliser use has an impact on agriculture and on the environment.   Under most conditions, the use of... read more >>


The wellbeing connection

Leading the list of species with significant existence value to Germany – the common crane (Grus grus). Photo: A. Trepte,, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Soya and beef from South America, timber from Russia, fish from China - in an era of globalisation, central Europe has become a market for animal and plant products from all over the world. But in addition to these tangible goods, faraway ecosystems... read more >>


How to improve water quality in Europe

The Danube is Europe’s second largest river and is used intensively by people. It is one of six rivers that formed the focus of the EU project SOLUTIONS. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Toxic substances from agriculture, industry and households endanger water quality in Europe - and by extension, ecosystems and human health. As part of the SOLUTIONS project, over 100 international scientists - coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for... read more >>