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The EU aluminium industry had an annual turnover of €61.5 billion in 2018 ©Bildwerk, adobe stock 2021

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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The large number of innovative light-EV products placed on the market would require the creation of a new category for LMT batteries and the switching of targets to a more "future-proof" approach for better collection and recycling. ©pavelvinnik, Adobe Stock 2021

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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Catching a big blue barrel floating on the ocean surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from the German research vessel SONNE during expedition SO268/3 crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Roman Kroke / UFZ Catching a big blue barrel floating on the ocean surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from the German research vessel SONNE during expedition SO268/3 crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Photo: Roman Kroke / UFZ

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, argues a new study by researchers from Sweden, Norway and Germany published on July 2nd in Science. According to the authors, plastic pollution is a...

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'Bio-based' chemicals and materials can be greener and more sustainable than fossil-based ones. ©hailey_copter, adobe stock 2021

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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New project creates tools for monitoring the Arctic and adapting to the changing environment

The European Union will provide 15 million euros from the Horizon 2020 Programme to fund the Arctic PASSION project for the period 2021 to 2025. A consortium of 35 partners will promote the integration of international environmental observing systems...

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New framework provides insights into cross-border climate change impacts

Climate change impacts such as droughts, floods and storms may have consequences that extend to locations and jurisdictions far distant from their initial impact. Such cross-border impacts can cause severe disruption to societies and livelihoods. The...

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Set up in 2019 to share knowledge and help inform agricultural policy with solid analysis, PANAP has already delivered ground-breaking research and tools. ©cdkeyser, adobe stock 2019

African Union – European Union science network brings evidence to agricultural policy

Two years on from its inception, the activities, achievements and way forward for the Pan African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) are presented today at the African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) agriculture ministerial...

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Actions to reduce pharmaceutical emissions in the Baltic Sea region

Hundreds of different medicines are consumed in the Baltic Sea region daily. Medicines benefit human and animal health, but after the use many of them end up to environment and can cause adverse effects to wildlife.

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The study recommends the inclusion of the “phylogenetic diversity” criterion as one of the established biodiversity criteria in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The study recommends the inclusion of the “phylogenetic diversity” criterion as one of the established biodiversity criteria in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. ©geno sajko, adobe stock 2021

Preserving evolutionary heritage: proposal for new conservation strategies

A new study led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre highlights the need to include “phylogenetic diversity” (namely the million years of evolution that a species or a species set represents) when evaluating which species and geographic...

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Scientists take samples in a small water body. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ For two years, researchers studied pesticide contamination in streams in agricultural landscapes. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Small streams in agricultural ecosystems are heavily polluted with pesticides

Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling harmful insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter neighbouring streams and damage the aquatic communities, which are crucial for maintaining biodiversity, are part of the food web and...

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