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Climate change has an impact, but human actions will determine the fate of the Baltic Sea

A comprehensive review of the effects of climate change on the Baltic Sea has been completed. All scientific literature related to the Baltic Sea and climate change from 2010–2021 has been compiled in the review, and an international team of...

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Wood in Russia. Source: Wageningen University Research

Does the EU depend on Russia for its wood?

With the Russian-Ukrainian war going on, it becomes apparent how much the EU is depending on Russia for its oil and gas supply. Alternative sources and new forms of renewable energy supply will have to be developed even faster.  

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The long-horned bee (Eucera notata) belongs to the family of wild bees (Apidae). Photo: Nicolas Vereecken / Selections Naturelles The long-horned bee (Eucera notata) belongs to the family of wild bees (Apidae), of which there are more than 550 in Germany alone, and over 20,000 species worldwide. They therefore play a central role as pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. Photo: Nicolas Vereecken / Selections Naturelles

Survey of pollinators - The SPRING project is helping to establish an EU-wide monitoring system for pollinators

Insects have an important function for both ecosystems and the economy. Almost 90% of flowering wild plants worldwide depend at least partially on pollination by animals. More than 75% of all food crops also need pollinators if they are to produce...

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Up to 50% increase in wildfires projected by 2100

A United Nations Environment Programme report predicts a substantial increase in wild fires, even if greenhouse gases are reduced.   The report found some of the biggest increases in areas not used to seeing wildfires, such as the Arctic and central...

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COVID-19 wastewater sampling technique used in anti-microbial resistance project

A £1.25 million project will research the role of managing antibiotic use in combatting anti-microbial resistance (AMR) transmission. It will use the novel wastewater sampling technique UKCEH developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is...

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Today around 1,370 wastewater treatment plants are under regular surveillance across the EU © felipe caparros - shutterstock.com 2022

Coronavirus response: monitoring of wastewater contributes to tracking coronavirus and variants across all EU countries

One year ago, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation asking EU Member States to put in place wastewater monitoring to track COVID-19 and its variants.

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The frequency of compound hot-dry events in Europe is mainly determined by local precipitation trends. Image: © UFZ

Two extremes at the same time

Prolonged droughts and heat waves have negative consequences both for people and the environment. If both of these extreme events occur at the same time, the impacts, in the form of wild fires, tree mortality or crop losses - to name a few examples -...

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This regional environmental baseline assessment of mining activities in South Greenland is based on a project idea developed between Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities (EAMRA), Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) and DCE (AU). (Photo: Katrine Raundrup).

Environmental baseline assessment for mining activities in South Greenland

New Arctic study identifies potential conflict zones between possible future mining activities and areas of biological, human and heritage values interest.

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Puffins

Dead puffins wash up on Scottish shores

More than 100 dead puffins washed up across the northeast coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland over a few weeks near the end of 2021, making it one of the most significant reports of its kind in the UK for the time of year over the past 50 years.

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Spreading fertiliser in India

UKCEH helps UN member states to tackle nitrogen waste

Scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have contributed to the first global agreement to reduce nitrogen waste and reduce adverse impacts on human health, biodiversity and climate change.   Nitrogen is essential to the growth...

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