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In several regions of Europe, flowering rapeseed was affected by frost after mid-April. ©Shutterstock, author: eugeniek

Fairly positive outlook for winter cereals

According to the April issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe published today, conditions of winter cereals are good, but more rain is needed to sustain high yields.

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Mangrove restoration at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba

Recently work on mangrove restoration begins at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba, an internationally important wetland designated as a Ramsar site. WEnR have been involved since 2015 in giving advice to the Government of Aruba in relation to the impacts of a new...

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Photo: Tero Väisänen

Finnish research institutes planning centre in Chile to develop quality of environmental measurements

An international project has been launched at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) to plan a national Center for Environmental Reference in Chile together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd....

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HINKU municipalities reduce climate emissions by nearly a third in eight years

Emissions from municipalities in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network declined by an average 29 percent in 2007 - 2015. The greatest decreases in emissions were in the municipality of Ii (50%), Kitee and Lieksa (36%) as well as Lohja and...

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The Mediterranean Sea is characterised as a low-productivity ecosystem and thus it is very easy to overfish the existing stocks. ©Fotolia, Microgen

Saving our heritage, our future: The worrying state of Mediterranean fish stocks

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea are deteriorating at an alarming rate. A recent analysis shows that 93% of the assessed fish stocks are overexploited, and a number of them are on the verge of depletion. In addition, the Mediterranean Sea has...

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According to the Global Report on Food Crises 2017, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016. ©Fotolia, mrmojo 101

New global report on food crisis offers benchmark for action needed to avoid future disasters

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in...

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Forest fragments of the Brazilian Mata Atlântica forest in Brazil, surrounded by sugar cane plantations. Photo: Usina Trapiche S/A

Emissions from the edge of the forest

When talk is of important ecosystems, tropical forests are top of the list. After all, half of the carbon stored in all of the Earth's vegetation is contained in these ecosystems. Deforestation has a correspondingly fatal effect. Scientists estimate...

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Regions characterised by landscape features are particularly biodiversity-friendly ©EU, author: Philippe Loudjani

Calculating the potential impacts of Ecological Focus Areas on biodiversity and ecosystem services

A new JRC Technical Report explores the potential impact of the implementation of Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) on the environment.

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SETAC Europe: 2,000 scientists discuss cutting-edge research in environmental toxicology and chemistry

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 27th Annual Meeting will draw 2,000 scientists from more than 60 countries from the Americas to Asia from 7–11 May to Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the latest research in...

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In most of Europe, winter cereals have recovered well from winter dormancy. ©Fotolia; author: Dusan Kostic

Crop monitoring bulletins for Europe and the European neighbourhood published

The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring bulletins for Europe and the European neighbourhood (part of the global outlook 2017 series covering North Africa and, for the first time, Turkey and Ukraine) were published yesterday, 27 March 2017.

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