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Bird flu control for pandemic prevention must start before poultry reach wet markets, new research finds

PRESS RELEASE - Research published today reveals the speed at which avian influenza (‘bird flu’) can spread in Asia’s live bird markets and the urgent need to pivot pandemic prevention strategies.

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Combining agroecology and water resilience for sustainable food systems in Africa

How can one support the commitment of regions to an agroecological development path reconciling water resilience, food security and nutritional quality? Coordinated by CIRAD and INRAE, the MAHDIA project aims to address agricultural, food,...

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Wastewater treatment plant of the "Vallée du Hain", in Braine-le-Château, Belgium. © EU 2020

Parched lands need irrigation – wastewater could be the solution

Reusing treated wastewater in agriculture can improve food security and help combat water scarcity.

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EU Blue Economy: innovation and new opportunities make way for the green transition

The 2024 Blue Economy report provides a comprehensive analysis, trends and drivers of the performance of sectors which rely on EU’s coastal and marine resources.

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Extensive overbanking due to a restored water regime of the Burgauenbach brook in the Leipzig alluvial forest. Extensive overbanking due to a restored water regime of the Burgauenbach brook in the Leipzig alluvial forest Photo: Mathias Scholz

Natural climate protection: new water in historical rivercourses

A project in the Leipzig area shows how floodplain landscapes can be effectively restored in an urban environment.

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The concept of Gross Ecosystem Product brings ecosystem services into the picture. © MediaMarketing - stock.adobe.com 2024

Beyond Gross Domestic Product: including nature in economic policy assessment

Nature-inclusive policy-making requires an indicator measuring the contribution from ecosystems to the benefits used by people and society. Such an indicator should complement the typical economic measure of GDP in policy scenarios and assessments.

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Aranda in Liepaja in 2023. Photo: Mika Raateoja/Syke

Baltic Sea protection is strengthened by urban cooperation of coastal cities

The protection of the Baltic Sea marine environment was enhanced through the BALTICITIES project. The project strengthened environmental networks within and between coastal cities in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In addition to municipal...

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Music video brings digital nature data to life

Nature Talks To Us piece by Tapani and Joona Toivanen combines music, video art, and modern digital methods of collected nature information. In the era of the eco-crisis, art and art-based research methods are also used at the Finnish Environment...

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How do extensive farmers experience their bumps and highs?

Grasslands are increasingly intensively managed as more food is produced on less land. Farmers doing extensive farming - larger plots with fewer crops or animals - are slowly disappearing. How do extensive farmers experience it themselves and why do...

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Alarming number of people worldwide suffer high levels of acute food insecurity

The Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) 2024 identifies armed conflicts as the major driver of food insecurity, and the food crisis in the Gaza Strip as the worst in eight years.

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Cut pesticide use, but how?

The use of pesticides is heavily debated. On paper, it's possible to significantly reduce pesticide usage through clever interventions, but reality proves to be more challenging. Successful green innovation requires knowledge of plant cultivation,...

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The TSARA initiative confirms its commitment to transforming agrifood systems through research and innovation in partnership with Africa

Launched in March 2022, the TSARA Initiative - Transforming Food Systems and Agriculture through Research in Partnership with Africa – including 22 members from African and French institutions across 14 different countries, held its second general...

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A mosaic of crops in a small valley. @CAUVIN Brigitte / INRAE

Impacts of the European Green Deal on the agrifood sector

Researchers at INRAE analysed the market and non-market impacts of the European Green Deal on the European agrifood system. Substantial positive impacts on the climate, the environment and public health require simultaneous action on agricultural...

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Flood of Saale river in Halle, Germany in June 2013 Halle /Germany (June 2013). According to the findings of the UFZ scientists, the Saale river is one of the rivers with a high flood complexity. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Land under water - what causes extreme flooding

According to UFZ researchers, the more flood driving factors there are, the more extreme a flood is.

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Neuston net towed on the side of the German RV SONNE, collecting surface-floating plastic samples when crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Philipp Klöckner / UFZ Neuston net towed on the side of the German RV SONNE, collecting surface-floating plastic samples when crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Philipp Klöckner / UFZ

There are large accumulations of plastics in the ocean, even outside so-called garbage patch

When plastic ends up in the ocean, it gradually weathers and disintegrates into small particles. If marine animals ingest these particles, their health can be severely affected. Large accumulations of plastic can therefore disrupt the biological...

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The global landscape of biotech innovation: state of play

Analysis of patented biotechnology inventions worldwide shows how the EU positions itself compared to the US and China.

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October 2023, the warmest October on record © European Union, 2024

Climate-related financial risks are a major challenge

JRC scientists support the European Environment Agency in mapping out the climate risks that Europe needs to prepare for over the next decade, identifying financial risks as a particular concern.

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Map: Mapping chemical footprints in European streams. Source: UFZ

Mapping chemical footprints in European streams

It is well known that if chemicals from domestic sources enter water bodies via sewage treatment plants, agriculture, and industry, this can endanger freshwater ecosystems. In order to find out more about the pollution of European rivers, a research...

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Algae blossom in lake. Photo: ss404045-AdobeStock In addition to phosphorus, nitrogen also appears to be a key driver of algae growth in lakes worldwide. Photo: ss404045-AdobeStock

Lake Ecosystems: Nitrogen has been underestimated

Study shows: Algae growth in shallow lakes around the world is affected not only by phosphorus but also by nitrogen

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New trade agreements to result in positive cumulative impact on EU agri-food trade balance

Ten upcoming free trade agreements (FTAs) will diversify trade sources, thus improve the resilience of EU food supply chains, according to a new JRC study.

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Too much ‘seasoning’ in our rivers: More water scarcity due to future pollution

Many people across the world face water scarcity. Not only because of changing availability of water, but also because of pollution.

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In 2019 only 38% of the total post-consumer waste was separately collected © lovelyday12 - stock.adobe.com 2024

Less than one-fifth of EU plastic was recycled in 2019, but 2025 targets can be still reached

Combined actions such as reduced waste export and increased separate waste collection could more than double the amount of recycled plastic in the EU

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Child plays with building blocks. Photo: Falk / AdobeStock We are exposed to a large number of endocrine disruptors every day. Their health risks are the focus of the ENDOMIX project. Photo: Falk / AdobeStock

Hidden health risks of endocrine disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances that may mimic endogenous hormones and thereby interfere with the endocrine system. The EU research project ENDOMIX, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Germany, started...

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Wildfires in the Saxon Switzerland / Germany Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ Wildfires in the Saxon Switzerland / Germany Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Many Devastating Extremes in 2023 were amplified by Global Warming

In 2023, the world reached new record temperatures, with an unprecedented global mean temperature of 1.48°C above pre-industrial levels. These record temperatures strongly increased the intensity of heatwaves, droughts and extreme rainfall associated...

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The bioeconomy includes sectors that rely on renewable biological resources from land and sea, such as crops, forests, fish, animals, and micro-organisms to produce food, materials, energy and services. @ hiv360, stock.adobe.com

A recipe for sustainable bioeconomy: collaborate, engage locally, involve consumers

The JRC put together policy makers, primary producers, consumers and businesses, tasking them with imagining the bioeconomy of the future. Policy recommendations from this exercise are now out.

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Alternet and PEER webinar: Science-policy interface in practice

INRAE is organizing a PEER-Alternet Science-policy interface webinar on January 11, from 1:30pm to 3pm CET. The webinar will focus on the example of a collective scientific expertise at the request of public authorities on the impacts of plant...

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The rise in biomass production and use points to a growing bioeconomy: is this resource limitless?

A new summary for policymakers report quantifies the biomass supply and uses in the EU and cautions against over-optimism on the availability of this limited, albeit renewable, resource.

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Over the past 30 years, 10% of the world's forest cover has been lost due to deforestation. @ whitcomberd, stock.adobe.com

EU observatory covering deforestation and forest degradation worldwide goes live

Today, the JRC-managed observatory on deforestation and forest degradation goes online – it will help protect and restore world’s forests and ensure that Europeans consume deforestation-free products.

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Soil research in the EU: R&I investment and “walk the talk” key to soil health

The EU is an example of investment in soil research, overall soil health and sustainable soil management, a JRC review of 40 years of EU-funded soil research shows.

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Training course in hydrometry - river discharge monitoring using ADCPs, 26-29 February 2024

A very practical hydrometry training workshop on using ADCPs for river discharge monitoring

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