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Panorama of Helsinki with Cathedral. Source: bearinthenorth,  Pixabay
27.05.2020

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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Chemical mixtures. Photo: Rade Lukovic - Fotolia
23.01.2020

Chemicals in the environment: A focus on mixtures

Combined chemical and bioanalytical methods are able to efficiently characterise chemical mixtures.

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20.12.2019

Tracking water resilience: how a hotter planet could put pressure on our plants

Failure to limit global warming will lead to a less resilient supply of the ‘green water’ that plants and crops need to thrive, according to new climate modelling from the JRC.   Under a ‘high emission’ scenario (where efforts made to reduce...

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Nanomaterials. Photo: Siarhei_AdobeStock
18.12.2019

More efficient risk assessment for nanomaterials

Nanotechnology is booming, but risk assessment for these tiny particles is a laborious process that presents significant challenges to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). To find more efficient test methods, researchers at the...

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UKCEH directors
18.12.2019

CEH becomes independent as the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

We are pleased to announce that, as of 1 December 2019, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent research institute. Our mission, purpose and scientific integrity will be preserved and we will continue to deliver impartial, world-class...

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12.12.2019

More vegetables, more contact with nature, less food waste - new operating model for day-care centres

Children like vegetables, fruit, and berries that they have grown and cooked themselves. Day-care centres can reduce their food wastage through long-term cooperation and planning. Interaction between children and nature can be enhanced by taking long...

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12.12.2019

More reliable information with Product Environmental Footprint

There are dozens of different environmental labels and ecodesign tools for products in operation in the marketplace. The environmental information on products intended for consumers should be harmonised. This would also contribute to a level of...

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11.12.2019

EU ecosystem services valued at almost €125 billion a year

A recent JRC article describes a new method for assessing ecosystem services and their monetary value in the EU, and tracking their changes over time.   Based on 2012 data, the authors estimate the value of 6 ecosystem services (crop provision,...

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05.12.2019

New findings reveal a need to optimise the use of phosphorus in agriculture

The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.   Fertiliser use has an impact on agriculture and on the environment.   Under most conditions, the use of...

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Leading the list of species with significant existence value to Germany – the common crane (Grus grus). Photo: A. Trepte, www.photo-natur.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE
04.12.2019

The wellbeing connection

Soya and beef from South America, timber from Russia, fish from China - in an era of globalisation, central Europe has become a market for animal and plant products from all over the world. But in addition to these tangible goods, faraway ecosystems...

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The Danube is Europe’s second largest river and is used intensively by people. It is one of six rivers that formed the focus of the EU project SOLUTIONS. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ
03.12.2019

How to improve water quality in Europe

Toxic substances from agriculture, industry and households endanger water quality in Europe - and by extension, ecosystems and human health. As part of the SOLUTIONS project, over 100 international scientists - coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for...

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