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EU Member States agree on threshold value to keep Europe’s beaches clean

Today, the Commission publishes a threshold value for marine litter on coastlines, to help clean up Europe’s beaches and keep them clean.

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Auchencorth monitoring site, Scotland (Photo: Ian Leith, UKCEH)

Long-term monitoring sites are key to assessing impacts of COVID-19

Europe’s extensive network of field research sites will play a crucial role in assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on the essential benefits that the natural world brings to humans.

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Isolation of protected areas a major blind spot in habitat conservation

A mere 10 % of nature protection areas worldwide are connected to each other by green corridors, a study published in Nature Communications with the contribution of JRC scientists has found out.

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JRC assesses critical raw materials for Europe’s green and digital future

Today, the JRC publishes the results of assessments of selected raw materials, with factsheets and reports presenting the criticality of each.

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The Baltic Sea region’s waste management for unused medicines must be improved

Of the measures to reduce emissions of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), improving the take-back and treatment of pharmaceutical waste is considered low-hanging fruit. However, comparable information about the collection, take-back, and...

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A bee collects pollen from a blossom. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Awareness raising alone is not enough

It is a well-known problem: too rarely do nature conservation initiatives, recommendations or strategies announced by politicians lead to people really changing their everyday behaviour.

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SYKE Policy Brief: Environmental impact needs to be considered in nutrition recommendations

Increasing the proportion of vegetables, legumes, and fish in the diet helps ease climate change, eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and inland waters, and the decline of biodiversity. SYKE Policy brief emphasises that national nutrition...

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Global soil erosion projected to be worse than previously expected

Erosion caused by water flow wearing down soil surfaces could rise by up to two-thirds compared to today, according to a JRC-led study that modelled changes until 2070.

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Microplastics are found in all waters, quantities in aquatic organisms and fish vary

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and University of Eastern Finland: Microplastics are found in all water systems and in fish, bivalve molluscs and benthic fauna. Microplastics cause stress to the aquatic organisms and may expose them to harmful...

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Doctoral dissertation: Spring bloom dynamics in the Baltic Sea: From the environment to macroelements and microbial interactions

Global warming changes the composition of phytoplankton in marine ecosystems, also in the Baltic Sea. There has been the recently observed shift in the phytoplankton community composition during the Baltic Sea spring bloom. M.Sc. Tobias Lipsewers,...

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