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Agriculture is responsible for much of the nitrous oxides emitted into the atmosphere, largely through fertilisation. ©Fotolia, author: Ludmila Smite

Integrating nitrous oxide emissions to inform climate-smart agriculture

In a recently published article, JRC scientists describe a new model framework that extends a large-scale soil survey to include nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, in order to provide an independent instrument in support to policies oriented towards...

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Probabilistic Evaluation of Ecological and Economic Objectives of River Basin Management Reveals a Potential Flaw in the Goal Setting of the EU Water Framework Directive

The biological status of European lakes has not improved as expected despite up-to-date legislation and ecological standards. As a result, the realism of objectives and the attainment of related ecological standards are under doubt.

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In the course of the LINA mother-child cohort study, UFZ scientists investigated the lifestyle and environmental factors of pregnant women and their influence on the allergy risk of infants. Photo: UFZ / André Künzelmann

Phthalates increase the risk of allergies among children

Phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in plastics, can considerably increase the risk of allergies among children. This was demonstrated by UFZ researchers in conjunction with scientists from the University of Leipzig and the German Cancer...

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This new sourcebook aims to guide biodiversity monitoring in tropical forests using remote sensing to inform national and sub-national policy and decisions, convention commitments and targets. ©GOFC-GOLD and GEO-BON

Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in Tropical Forests with Remote Sensing

A recently published Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) sourcebook aims to support the efforts of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to halt biodiversity loss by providing information on data and...

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Urban Water Atlas for Europe offers 360° view on water management in cities. ©EU 2017

Urban Water Atlas for Europe - 360° view on water management in cities

On 27 April 2017, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even...

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Adonis vernalis disappeared from Halle in the 19th century. This species depends on nitrogen-poor soil. It is currently classified as endangered in Germany. Photo: UFZ / André Künzelmann

Urbanisation costs billion years of evolutionary history

All over the globe, the urbanisation of landscapes is increasing. 60% of the land surface which is expected to be urban by 2030 is currently not built on at all. How this will impact on biological diversity will only be apparent in retrospect....

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Same directive, different quality standards for EU rivers

New study shows significant differences i EU member states environmental quality standards for pollution in rivers. Under the Water Framework Directive of the European Union (EU), member states are to establish national environmental quality...

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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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