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The UNECE report calls for increased coordination and cooperation to ensure best management of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin ©UNECE

Assessment of water, energy and agricultural needs for sustainable development in the Sava River Basin

A new report co-authored by UNECE-JRC-KTH looking at the Sava River Basin shows that water management planning is needed in order to meet the long-term renewable energy targets.

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When protected areas are well connected, animal species can move from one protected site to another. ©EU, 2017 photo credit: A Kontou

EU scores high in connectivity of protected areas

A new indicator developed by the JRC enables, for the first time, the measurement of progress towards meeting the UN connectivity target for protected areas. The indicator shows that the objective is far from being reached at the global level. The EU...

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Global temperature increase should be kept below 2˚C to limit flood risk. ©Fotolia, Bernd Leitner

Global flood risk to increase five-fold with a 4°C temperature rise

A new JRC report looks at flood risk and economic damages under different global warming scenarios with 1.5˚C, 2˚C, and 4˚C temperature increases. It concludes that, if global temperatures rise by 4°C, the flood risk in countries representing more...

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Photo: Mats Westerbom

Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea a risk for fish and marine mammals

Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea has been measured for the first time. According to an international project co-led by the Finnish Environment Institute, the level of human-introduced underwater noise is remarkable. However, the situation varies...

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Climate change is leading to more extreme weather in Europe. ©Fotolia, author: @swa182

Significant JRC contributions to European Environment Agency report on Climate Change

Changes in climate are already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, the economy and on human health and well-being in Europe, according to the report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’, launched today by the European...

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The EU fishing fleet registered record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014. ©Fotolia, author: Bruno Barracuda

Good news for the EU Fishing Fleet – Positive trends in economic performance and sustainability

A JRC-DG MARE report has just been published, showing that the performance of the EU fishing fleet has significantly improved in recent years, moving from a loss-making position in 2008 to record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from...

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The first MARS bulletins of 2017 were published today

Crop monitoring and forecasts for Europe and northern Africa

Today, the JRC issued two MARS (Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS) crop monitoring bulletins: one focussing on the winter hardening and frost damage of winter cereals in Europe, and the second focusing on crop sowing conditions in northern Africa....

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Africa has seen the greatest increase in mobile phone subscriptions of all world regions, with an annual growth rate of 11% from 2010 to 2015 compared to 8% globally and 1% for Europe. ©Fotolia, Alistair Cotton

Real-time food prices in Africa enabled by new technologies and people's participation

Recent food crises have revealed the importance of timely, reliable and accessible food price information to monitor food security and to support informed policy decision-making, improved market transparency and more efficient value chains. The...

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In-stream nitrogen retention occurs at unsustainable levels for nearly all European countries, with the exception of Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. ©Fotolia, shaiith

Water purification by Mother Nature and its benefits for society

Water for drinking, home and public use, as well as for agriculture and industry is provided for free by Mother Nature or, as scientists and policy-makers put it, by ecosystem services. A study led by the JRC puts the benefits of this "free" service...

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New service for climate-change adaptation in water management

SWICCA, part of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), offers readily available climate-impact data to speed up workflows in climate-change adaptation of water management across Europe. This innovative service also provides a learning network...

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Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle's One Million Nest Boxes campaign helping birds in need

The evaluation of threatened bird species in Finland was updated in 2015 under the coordination of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The evaluation concluded that overall the populations of Finnish bird species are on the decline. The number of...

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Open data web service on sustainable society opened in Finland

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has a new open data web service. SYKE produces open data and information for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable society. SYKE’s open data includes versatile information on water resources,...

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In particular the failure of monetary valuation to provide meaningful valuation instruments requires participation of a representative diversity of stakeholders in ESS research and governance to answer the question what people value, and how - like in the case of valuing beautiful sceneries like those of the Batad rice terraces in the Philippines - an UNESCO world heritage site. Photo: J. Settele

Ecosystem services research and stakeholder involvement: between theories and practice

What do people value, why and how? This should be a leading question in sustainability research, but putting it into practise can be tricky. A new paper published in the journal Ecosystem Services looks at how to improve stakeholder participation in...

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New funding to tackle tree diseases

Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will take part in a new £1million research project to prevent the spread of new diseases, including acute oak decline (AOD), a bacterial infection which has spread into Britain and can kill trees...

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MYGEOSS project. © EU 2015, Designed by Bianca De Carli grafica & pubblicità

MYGEOSS - Third call for innovative apps in the environmental and social domains

MYGEOSS is launching an open call for the development of innovative applications (mobile or web-based) using openly available or crowd-generated data in different domains addressing citizens’ needs. The pool of open data for use includes, but is not...

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Mould can grow on stored food for animals and humans, making it unpalatable or toxic. © EU, credit F. Rembold

International partners join to reduce postharvest losses in sub-Saharan Africa

A JRC-initiated system estimating postharvest cereal losses in sub-Saharan Africa will be upgraded to allow for monitoring of other crops and improve postharvest management.

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The researchers in one of the 12 regional research projects (LEGATO) investigated the importance of artificially irrigated rice terraces for maintaining species diversity in south-east Asia, how these traditional cultivated landscapes can be retained and how the wealth of existing experience can be used for sustainable land management. Photo: UFZ / André Künzelmann

Land under pressure - Final conference of the 7 year research programme "Sustainable Land Management"

Leipzig. The way we use land is changing. Demand for farmland, food and energy seems insatiable, but land is a finite resource. The research programme "Sustainable Land Management" investigated the consequences of this land use under global change...

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The UK Lakes Portal - 40,000 lakes at your fingertips

The UK Lakes Portal is a new online gateway to discover the lakes of the United Kingdom, linking data from many institutions into one national hub.

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All municipalities in mainland Finland invited to participate in the joint procurement of solar power

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has launched a joint procurement of solar power systems, inviting all municipalities and municipal enterprises in Finland to increase their use of solar power. The solar power stations are to be leased, as a...

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Number of oil discharges observed at sea decreased

In 2015, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities decreased significantly compared to the previous year. Eventually, 47 of the discharges were confirmed to be oil, whereas the corresponding number in 2014 was...

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Last summer’s fish kill was caused by a toxic dinoflagellate: emerging algal toxins in coastal Finnish waters

Scientists at SYKE Marine Research Centre have related the fish kill in Ersöströmmen near Tammisaari last July to a dinoflagellate species, Karlodinium veneficum, not previously known to form blooms in Finnish waters.

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Investigating long-range transported contaminants in Finnish Lapland

There is little information available on the presence and concentration of contaminants commonly used in consumer goods in the living environment. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the National Institute for Health and Welfare and the Finnish...

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Many of the effects of man-made emissions are also felt in areas not associated with industrial activity. © EU, 2016 - L. Hojas Gascon

New evidence confirms human activities drive global warming

A new statistical technique, analysing data records since measuring started 150 years ago, independently confirms that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions have led to global warming, according to a JRC-led article published on...

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El Niño will affect food security and harvests in southern Africa. © Fotolia, Africa

El Niño - devastating impact on Southern Africa’s harvests and food security

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. Across large swathes...

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Above: detail from Land Cover plus: Crops. Note, white areas are non-agricultural. Land Cover Plus: Crops © NERC (CEH) 2016; © Remote Sensing Applications Consultants Ltd 2016. © Crown Copyright 2007 OS 100017572.

First ever UK digital crop map from satellite data

The first ever digital map of the UK’s arable crops has been created through an innovative collaboration between environmental researchers and business using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 Radar Satellite.

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Cover Implementing The Green Economy

Transitions to a Green Economy require political will and far-reaching transformations in society and economy

Transitions to a green economy are never purely based on win-win solutions, but require taking into account potential trade-offs among multiple goals, across sectors and international leakage.

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Join our Marie Curie Masterclass in May 2016 at Aarhus University

Aarhus University Dept. of Environmental Science would like to collaborate with ambitious postdoctoral researchers with excellent research track records on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IFs) in 2016 and onwards.

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2016 access application to Zackenberg

Zackenberg Research Station is situated in a unique setting in an undisturbed high arctic ecosystem in Northeast Greenland. Deadline for the 2016 access application to Zackenberg is 15 February 2016

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Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents.

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Decreasing nitrogen emissions will cause relatively fast reductions of impacts on ecosystems

The negative effects of acidic deposition in Europe and North America on natural ecosystems have been reduced significantly over the past decades, but the impacts of nitrogen on ecosystems are still persistent.

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