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The UFZ research station Bad Lauchstädt is part of the DroughtNet network with more than 100 stations worldwide. Source: UFZ The UFZ research station Bad Lauchstädt is part of the DroughtNet network with more than 100 stations worldwide. Source: UFZ

Less precipitation means less plant diversity

Climate change might lead to changes in plant diversity, especially in the world’s drylands. Water is a scarce resource in many of the Earth’s ecosystems. This scarcity is likely to increase in the course of climate change. This, in turn, might lead...

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Consumption data and carbon footprint calculators require support from our everyday environment to enhance changes in consumption

Changing consumption patterns is essential for curbing environmental problems. Several applications have been developed to collect consumption data and calculate environmental impact. A new dissertation reveals that these alone will not generate...

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Wastewater is an efficient and cheap tool to monitor the ‘health’ of the population. ©EU 2021

From science to action: finding a common European approach for tracking SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in wastewater

It is seven in the evening and JRC scientist Bernd Gawlik is multitasking: he is preparing a dinner with a recipe originating from the German part of Silesia – the region his family is originally from – while drafting replies to a journalist on...

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New genomic techniques have significantly expanded over the last twenty years. ©Marina Zlochin, adobe stock 2021

New genomic techniques: where do we stand?

The JRC contributed to a new study published today by the Commission on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law.

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The Joint Research Centre study presents four alternative scenarios for the EU bioeconomy in 2050. ©EU 2021

The European bioeconomy in 2050: four foresight scenarios

The Commission’s 2020 Strategic Foresight Report mentions the potential of a sustainable bioeconomy, to transform Europe’s agricultural and industrial base and create new jobs, whilst enhancing our natural resources and ecosystems.

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International cooperation to reduce pollution in Barents region continues despite of pandemic

Environment continues to be a high priority for the Barents cooperation. Foreign Ministers of the four Barents countries - Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden - emphasized it during the annual International Kirkenes Conference held on 17 February this...

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Jordan Irrigation Systems Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ Jordan Irrigation Systems Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Jordan’s worsening water crisis a warning for the world - Study shows: Only a comprehensive reform can help

Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research by an international team of researchers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) finds, unless the nation...

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Zebrafish embryos. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ The major contribution of the UFZ is performing zebrafish embryo tests with an automated-image based assessment of phenotypic effects and high-throughput cellular screening assays. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

EU project PrecisionTox starts - Focus on protecting people from the harmful effects of chemicals

A major research project to shape regulation and policy on chemical safety without the use of animal testing has been launched with the aid of €19.3M funding from the European Commission. Under the lead of the University of Birmingham, 15 European...

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The manual will help in collecting data to understand where to focus efforts to keep Europe’s seas and beaches clean. © Andrii Zastrozhnov, adobe stock 2021

Keeping Europe’s seas clean: a new manual for harmonised litter monitoring

Released today, a new manual will support people entrusted with monitoring marine litter to record the data they collect in a harmonised way.

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World Water Day calls attention to valuing water – Finnish Environment Institute offers versatile water expert services worldwide

Today we celebrate the World Water Day and this year’s theme is ‘Valuing Water’. As stated by the UN High Level Panel on Water: “In order to recognise the value of water you need to understand water and manage it sustainably”.

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