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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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