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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

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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Butterflies and moths have difficulty adjusting to a rapidly changing climate

Climate change exerts great pressure for change on species and biodiversity. A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Environment Institute indicates that the few moth and butterfly species (Lepidoptera) capable of...

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Highly structured landscape at Hemeln/Lower Saxony (Germany) Photo: Sebastian Lakner

Recommendations for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union

In coordination with the EU Commission, a European team of more than 300 scientists has developed recommendations on how the European Union’s future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can, within the scope of instruments that have already been adopted,...

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Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are vital cogs in the ecological machine.

World Bee Day: New handbook to support the development of European nature restoration targets

Today, on World Bee Day, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is publishing a summary for policy makers of the first EU–wide ecosystem assessment.

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The blue economy as a whole presents a huge potential in terms of its contribution to a green recovery

2021 EU Blue Economy report – Emerging sectors prepare blue economy for leading part in EU green transition

The European Commission has published the fourth edition of “The EU Blue Economy Report”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU-27 economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment.

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Aranda’s monitoring cruise: Spring bloom peak in Gulf of Finland and Baltic Proper

The annual spring monitoring cruise of R/V Aranda took place in late April. During the cruise the phytoplankton spring bloom was already at its peak in the Gulf of Finland. Spring is the time with the densest phytoplankton blooms in the Baltic Sea,...

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The Eder dam (Germany) in the year 2019. Areas of water that are drying out release considerably more carbon than areas covered by water. Photo: Maik Dobbermann

Carbon emissions from dams considerably underestimated so far

Among other things, dams serve as reservoirs for drinking water, agricultural irrigation, or the operation of hydropower plants. Until now, it had been assumed that dams act as net carbon stores. Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre of Environmental...

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EU aquaculture report: sales value goes up while volume remains steady

The EU aquaculture sector reached 1.2 million tonnes of produce and €4.1 billion in turnover in 2018, according to a new JRC report. However, the report estimates that the coronavirus pandemic hit the sector by decreasing income sources and...

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The UFZ research station Bad Lauchstädt is part of the DroughtNet network with more than 100 stations worldwide. Source: UFZ

Less precipitation means less plant diversity

Climate change might lead to changes in plant diversity, especially in the world’s drylands. Water is a scarce resource in many of the Earth’s ecosystems. This scarcity is likely to increase in the course of climate change. This, in turn, might lead...

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