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Panorama of Helsinki with Cathedral. Source: bearinthenorth,  Pixabay

European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (EEEN2020) in Helsinki

The EEEN2020 takes place in Helsinki, Finland from 4-5 November 2020. The workshop´s title reads: „Environmental Evaluation Supporting the Implementation of SDGs and Transformative Policymaking“.

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Environmental monitoring at mine sites in Greenland

Mining in Greenland began in the 1850s with the opening of the cryolite mine in Ivittuut in South Greenland. Since then, mining for lead, zinc, silver, gold, olivine, rubies and feldspar has taken place at a number of mine sites. Mining activities at...

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Call for expressions of interest from HEIs/universities - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (2020)

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is calling for applications for its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (CDP) by 3 May 2020.  

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 Researchers examined 48 bodies of running water in Kenya for pesticide contamination, composition of the biological communities and occurrence of snails. Photo: UFZ

Pesticides increase the risk of schistosomiasis, a tropical disease

Schistosomiasis is a severe infectious disease caused by parasitic worms. As an intermediate host, freshwater snails play a central role in the life cycle of the parasite. In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers...

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Climate and health impacts of residential wood combustion in Finland

According to the dissertation by Mikko Savolahti, a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, residential wood combustion causes 200 premature deaths in Finland each year. In addition, residential combustion is a contributing factor to...

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Xylella damage to olive trees (photo Steven White, UKCEH)

Helen Mirren adds her voice to campaign against devastating plant disease Xylella

A new animation narrated by Dame Helen Mirren warns of the devastation caused by the plant disease Xylella fastidiosa, which has wiped out millions of olive trees in southern Europe and put thousands of jobs at risk.

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If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens, this may have consequences. Photo: Blue Planet Studio/Adobe Stock

Overweight from cosmetics

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens that remain on the skin for protracted periods, this may have consequences for their child's subsequent weight development. This is demonstrated in a...

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New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricity emissions, reforms in district heating...

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A new study identifies the most damaging invasive non-native species likely to arrive in the Antarctic Peninsula region

The work by an international research team, led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will inform measures to prevent and mitigate future invasions. Of the 103 species considered in detail, 13 were...

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Pesticide analysis

Analysis outlines a new approach for assessing chemical risks

Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals across the world, according to a new review paper in the journal Science.

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Bumble bee pollinates a flower . Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Pollination is better in cities than in the countryside

Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. Researchers from central Germany have now published this result in Nature Communications. Despite a greater diversity of flying insects in the countryside, more bees in cities...

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