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'Bio-based' chemicals and materials can be greener and more sustainable than fossil-based ones. ©hailey_copter, adobe stock 2021

How JRC scientists are filling the data gaps for greener everyday products

We all have our own morning routines: rising from bed, jumping in the shower, getting dressed - maybe making a morning coffee or breakfast for the kids - and starting to think about the day.

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New project creates tools for monitoring the Arctic and adapting to the changing environment

The European Union will provide 15 million euros from the Horizon 2020 Programme to fund the Arctic PASSION project for the period 2021 to 2025. A consortium of 35 partners will promote the integration of international environmental observing systems...

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New framework provides insights into cross-border climate change impacts

Climate change impacts such as droughts, floods and storms may have consequences that extend to locations and jurisdictions far distant from their initial impact. Such cross-border impacts can cause severe disruption to societies and livelihoods. The...

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Set up in 2019 to share knowledge and help inform agricultural policy with solid analysis, PANAP has already delivered ground-breaking research and tools. ©cdkeyser, adobe stock 2019

African Union – European Union science network brings evidence to agricultural policy

Two years on from its inception, the activities, achievements and way forward for the Pan African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) are presented today at the African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) agriculture ministerial...

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Actions to reduce pharmaceutical emissions in the Baltic Sea region

Hundreds of different medicines are consumed in the Baltic Sea region daily. Medicines benefit human and animal health, but after the use many of them end up to environment and can cause adverse effects to wildlife.

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The study recommends the inclusion of the “phylogenetic diversity” criterion as one of the established biodiversity criteria in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The study recommends the inclusion of the “phylogenetic diversity” criterion as one of the established biodiversity criteria in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. ©geno sajko, adobe stock 2021

Preserving evolutionary heritage: proposal for new conservation strategies

A new study led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre highlights the need to include “phylogenetic diversity” (namely the million years of evolution that a species or a species set represents) when evaluating which species and geographic...

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Scientists take samples in a small water body. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ For two years, researchers studied pesticide contamination in streams in agricultural landscapes. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Small streams in agricultural ecosystems are heavily polluted with pesticides

Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling harmful insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter neighbouring streams and damage the aquatic communities, which are crucial for maintaining biodiversity, are part of the food web and...

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The European peacock butterfly (Aglais io), which overwinters as an adult, has advanced its flight time in spring. Photo: Mikko Kuussaari.

Butterflies and moths have difficulty adjusting to a rapidly changing climate

Climate change exerts great pressure for change on species and biodiversity. A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Environment Institute indicates that the few moth and butterfly species (Lepidoptera) capable of...

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Highly structured landscape at Hemeln/Lower Saxony (Germany) Photo: Sebastian Lakner Highly structured landscape at Hemeln/Lower Saxony (Germany) Photo: Sebastian Lakner

Recommendations for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union

In coordination with the EU Commission, a European team of more than 300 scientists has developed recommendations on how the European Union’s future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can, within the scope of instruments that have already been adopted,...

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Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are vital cogs in the ecological machine. Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are vital cogs in the ecological machine. ©kosolovskyy, adobe stock 2021

World Bee Day: New handbook to support the development of European nature restoration targets

Today, on World Bee Day, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is publishing a summary for policy makers of the first EU–wide ecosystem assessment.

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