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The drought in Somalia and neighbouring countries is already producing severe water and pasture shortages in pastoral regions. ©Fotolia, posteriori

Somalia: persistent drought leads to major food security crisis

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense...

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Despite cold conditions in central and eastern Europe, protective snow cover has helped limit frost-kill damage to winter cereals in many areas. ©Fotolia; author: SGr

No major constraints on winter crops

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe, this winter is finishing with no major constraints to winter crops.

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Rivers are a major source of marine litter. ©Fotolia, author: overcrew

Recommendations for tracking marine and riverine litter in Europe

The JRC has recently published two of a series of thematic reports that give recommendations and guidance on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas, in order to help design measures to tackle marine litter.

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Human pressures along the boundary of the Selous Game Reserve, a natural World Heritage site in Tanzania. © EU, author: Gregoire Dubois

Natural World Heritage Sites under severe pressure from human activities

The first ever global quantification of the impact of humanity on natural World Heritage sites (NWHS) finds that the vast majority of NWHS are under severe pressure from increasing human activities and forest loss. Led by an international team of...

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Working together with Lebanon for water infrastructure and agricultural development

World Waternet, Acacia Water and Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) are working together to support Lebanon using Dutch water and agricultural expertise. This project is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The easiest way to reduce nutrient pollution is to eat more domestic wild fish and vegetables. Photo: Johanna Kinnari

The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea

With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea. Finland’s contribution to the...

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The UNECE report calls for increased coordination and cooperation to ensure best management of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin ©UNECE

Assessment of water, energy and agricultural needs for sustainable development in the Sava River Basin

A new report co-authored by UNECE-JRC-KTH looking at the Sava River Basin shows that water management planning is needed in order to meet the long-term renewable energy targets.

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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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