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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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How soil organic matter composition affects carbon sequestration

A recent Nature Geoscience article recommends that carbon sequestration strategies consider the inherent soil carbon capacity and nitrogen availability in ecosystems, as the amount of carbon captured in soil and its stability depends on different... read more >>


SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compensation needs to be used to secure biodiversity

In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere. The principle is that the compensation is paid by the one that causes the damage. The SYKE Policy Brief published today states... read more >>


Actions needed to ensure the supply of materials for emerging dual use technologies

As experts meet for the European Commission’s annual raw materials week, a new JRC report calls for a wide range of actions to address bottlenecks in the supply of materials needed for the development of emerging technologies important to Europe’s... read more >>


Only some biodegradable plastics actually decompose rapidly in the Baltic Sea

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has studied how biodegradable and bio-based materials actually decompose in the Baltic Sea marine environment. The research programme comprised a set of year-long tests in the sea. Some materials decomposed... read more >>


Monitoring the impacts of Xylella fastidiosa

The plant bacterium Xylella fastidiosa severely damaged an estimated 6.5 million olive trees in southern Italy by 2017, and could cost the EU billions of euros in production and job losses.   These are some of the latest JRC findings presented at... read more >>


Mapping of risk for the Sustainable Development Goals

New PEER Policy Brief out now  


The forests of the Amazon are an important carbon sink

The world’s tropical forests store huge quantities of carbon in their biomass and thus constitute an important carbon sink. Photo: R-M-Nunes_Shutterstock

Innovative combination of forest models with satellite data provide more precise estimates read more >>


Pan African Network for economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) launched

Today the African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) partnership officially launched the Pan African Network for economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP Network).   The PANAP Network aims to strengthen the cooperation of researchers and policy makers... read more >>


Estuaries, changing environments

Between rivers and oceans, estuaries provide shelter to an iconic and at times threatened biodiversity, and are therefore particularly sensitive to the impacts of global climate change. Irstea scientists have been observing these ecosystems for... read more >>


Pesticides: Improved effect prediction of low toxicant concentrations

Crustacean Daphnia magna. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Toxic substances such as pesticides can cause effects on sensitive individuals in concentrations up to ten thousand times lower than previously assumed. This was shown by Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in their... read more >>