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Regional bioeconomy strategies are crucial for improving livelihoods in rural and coastal areas, and for managing natural resources sustainably. © snapshotfreddy - 2022

Bioeconomy strategies in EU regions. Where are we?

Research shows there's a growing number of regional bioeconomy strategies following the launch of the revised EU Bioeconomy strategy in 2018

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Beware of aliens! Take action to tackle rise of invasive species

A new Europe-wide awareness campaign is calling on everyone to prevent the spread of invasive alien species. • Invasive alien plants and animals threaten other wildlife and cost Europe’s economy over €12bn a year • By taking key actions,...

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PEER webinar on Ecosystem Restoration

25 October 2022, 11:00-12:00 CET, Zoom meeting Join our free pre-lunch PEER Webinar: How can we quantify biodiversity commitment?

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Understanding the negative and positive impacts on biodiversity of international trade.

Online workshop: Who is doing What and Where on Biodiversity & Trade?

11th October 2022, 10:00-15:00 CET The goal of this first internal PEER workshop on biodiversity and trade is to map expertise and competences in the different institutions and identify opportunities to strengthen our joint capacities to produce...

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Collaborative project to reduce environmental impact of pharmaceutical products

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is participating in a new four-year European project that will contribute to the sustainable development of pharmaceuticals, by using and promoting lifecycle approaches to their design, manufacture,...

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Fluviosat graphic The FluViSat concept combines several significant advances that distinguish it from many other satellite-based streamflow and flood mapping projects.

Videos of rivers taken from space could revolutionize flood management

FluViSat (Fluvial Video from Satellite) has the potential to enable the accurate determination of flow rates in medium and large rivers anywhere on the planet, with no requirement for people or equipment to be on site, or even on the same continent!...

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Investment will transform UK research into pollutants

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has secured funding for state-of-the-art laboratory equipment that will transform our understanding of chemical pollutants as well as natural and man-made particles, and their potential impact on the...

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Large EU project starts: BIONEXT wants to mainstream biodiversity into policy-making

A new large EU project coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE The Biodiversity Nexus - Triggering transformative change for sustainability (BIONEXT) is launching this Autumn. The project got a funding of EUR 4.1 million from the EU's...

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The microplastics studied were polyester fibers and tire particles. © Riku Lumiaro

New study published on the interactions of microplastics and chemicals on soil arthropods

A new study on the interactions of microplastics and chemicals on soil arthropods reveals that the effects are dependent on the type of microplastic and the exposed arthropod species.

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The Rappbode reservoir in the Harz region. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ The Rappbode reservoir in the Harz region is surrounded by forests and is the largest drinking water reservoir in Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Climate Change is Affecting Drinking Water Quality

The disappearance of forests will have consequences for water quality in reservoirs. The water stored in reservoirs ensures our supply of drinking water. Good water quality is therefore important - but is at significant risk due to climate change. In...

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Ferromanganese concretions in the Baltic Sea. © Image: Laura Kaikkonen.

Mining in shallow marine areas endangers sustainability goals

According to a study, mining in shallow marine areas conflicts with international conservation and sustainability goals, bringing with it great environmental risks.

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Get the latest scientific findings on migrant settlements, urban food systems and research on the relation between nature and health in the city.

PEER webinar Nature Based Solutions for Climate Resilient Cities

30 September 2022, 11:00-12:00 CET, Zoom meeting Green Cities is the Wageningen Environmental Research programme that focuses on understanding and applying a nature-based approach in urban areas. Join our free pre-lunch PEER Webinar!

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Current-use flame retardants have been detected in the Arctic environment

New study examines the prescence of flame retardants by modelling long-range transport and emissions from local sources of new contaminants in the Arctic.

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Experts predict top emerging impacts on ocean biodiversity

Marine and coastal ecosystems are under unprecedented change globally, mainly attributed to already recognized human-induced factors such as overexploitation of ocean resources, climate change and environmental pollution. Besides and within these...

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Puffins There is concern about the impacts of developments on key seabird species in the North Sea, including puffins. Photo: Gwyn Rees

Dynamic project will safeguard seabirds alongside offshore wind farms

New research led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will investigate the impacts of offshore wind farms on seabirds, and produce solutions to protect and increase populations.

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Regions play an important role in steering climate work – the most effective measures have been compiled into model road maps

Regional climate work supports and brings together local actors in the implementation of practical climate action. The Finnish Environment Institute together with the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the University of Tampere and the Finnish...

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Dairy cattle breeding aims for invisible cows: animals that are as easy as possible. © SYKEkuva/ Riku Lumiaro

Defense: Making invisible cows? – Genomic knowledge and more-than-human agency in Finnish dairy breeding

New doctoral dissertation examines livestock breeding from the perspective of social science. Breeding goals impact cattle, dairy farmers, and the relations between farmers and cows. Livestock breeding currently aims for invisible cattle, animals...

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European countries provide a variety of solutions to the plastic challenge

European countries are taking action to promote the circular economy of plastics and to prevent their negative impacts. The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE examined the selection of measures in different countries. The report found differences...

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Will Europe's forest and its firewood help Europe through the winter?

How will we get through the winter with the looming gas crisis looming? The European Commission wants European countries to start using less gas as soon as possible. Among other measures, it is also looking at an all-time energy reserve that is...

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The map shows the land use intensity index (LUI). Source.UFZ The map shows the land use intensity index (LUI). Source.UFZ

Studying grassland from space

UFZ researchers develop a method with which they can utilise satellite data and artificial intelligence to determine the land-use intensity of meadows and pastures. Extensively used grassland is host to a high degree of biodiversity, and performs an...

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Tree mortality in the Italian Alps driven by windstorms and bark-beetle infestations © Alessandro Cescatti

Climate variability drives global decline of forest resilience

Understanding the underlying mechanisms of forest resilience is of paramount importance to develop sound conservation and management plans.

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16 coal-fired power stations operate in the region. © despotodstiga - 2022

Limited progress on environmental and climate protection in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans made some improvements in aligning environmental and climate monitoring, as well as reporting legislation with EU standards. Implementation, however, is patchy, concludes a JRC report released today.

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Increasing tree harvest does not help to reach Paris agreement targets

A fresh review study shows that increased felling reduces carbon sequestered in forests significantly in both boreal and temperate regions. It is often argued that although increased harvesting does reduce carbon sequestered in forests, this is a...

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Dissertation: Towards circular economy in wastewater management – Environmental impacts, benefits and drawbacks of improved nutrient recovery and recycling by source separation

According to the dissertation, source separation of wastewater would significantly increase the efficiency of nutrient recovery from wastewater. Meanwhile, the climate impact of wastewater treatment would decrease.

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Information concerning the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is lacking – more data is needed especially on health effects and impacts on terrestrial environment

Information on the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is still lacking, tells a recent study by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

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Wastewater, agriculture and urbanization have the biggest absolute impact on the multifunctionality of streams and rivers. Source: UFZ

Ecological functions of streams and rivers severely affected globally

Agriculture, loss of habitat or wastewater effluents - human stressors negatively impact biodiversity in streams and rivers. Very little is known yet about the extent to which their capacity for self-purification and other essential ecosystem...

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The Finnish Freshwater Competence Centre aims to boost science, education, and business with key technologies

The main goal of the Freshwater Competence Centre is to promote the research infrastructure, equipment, and the outstanding Finnish freshwater competence and knowledge both nationally and internationally, in order to make wide-reaching science with...

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IIASA-PEER workshop Climate Information Services

These presentations give insight in past and current projects and provide links to reports and web sites. Feel free to share!

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Characterization of major drought events in Europe over the past 250 years. Image: UFZ

New Drought Benchmark in Europe

These were days, months and years that many will come to remember: the drought from 2018 to 2020. An international team of researchers led by scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) has succeeded in categorizing the...

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European research partnerships: working on current and future challenges

Recent European projects Wageningen Envrionmental Research is participating in or is coordinating, are now being presented in an e-magazine. The stories illustrate the value of European research cooperation in the field of climate change and...

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