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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

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Testing the waters using mesocosm experiments

CEH Lancaster mesocosms

The mesocosm facility is highly versatile and can be used for an array of different experiments from a few weeks to years and from just a few mesocosms to the entire 32 mesocosms. read more >>


Landscape setting gives unique insight in the life of Yde Girl

The Girl from Yde is the most iconic bog body of the Netherlands, also because of the facial reconstruction from 1994. Thanks to new research of Wageningen University & Research we now know in what kind of physical and cultural landscape she lived at... read more >>


Tool development for reporting environmental impact in agriculture sector

The agriculture sector faces increasing environmental risks, such as drought, flooding and erosion, related to climate change and resource degradation. With the appropriate information, investors and decision-makers can direct their capital toward... read more >>


Scientists identify 66 alien species that pose the greatest threat to European biodiversity

Northern snakehead (Channa argus)

Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region.   The research, led by Professor Helen Roy of the UK’s... read more >>


Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) -  Picture: Martin Warren

A major new EU Pilot Project, Assessing Butterflies in Europe (ABLE), will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and to inform EU biodiversity and agricultural policies.   The ABLE project is a partnership... read more >>


How much nature is lost due to higher yields?

Figure: Responses of species richness and yield to conventional land-use intensification. Source: UFZ

The exploitation of farmland is being intensified with a focus to raising yields. The degree to which yields actually increase as a result and the extent of the simultaneous loss of biological diversity have to date been under-researched factors. read more >>


Mapping Europe's invasive alien species

The Egyptian Goose, first introduced to the UK in the 17th Century, is one invasive alien species included in the report ©Maciej Olszewski, Adobe Stock 2019

A new JRC report shows where Europe's 'invasive alien species' are located. read more >>


Microplastics widely detected in freshwaters, yet most studies are not fully reliable

Microplastics are widely detected in freshwater, wastewater and a limited number of drinking water studies. But the majority of the studies (92% of the reviewed studies) cannot be considered fully complete or reliable on at least one crucial aspect... read more >>


Risk assessment of pesticides

Use of pesticides in agriculture. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

According to European Union guidelines, the use of pesticides must not lead to a decline in biodiversity. A large number of studies have revealed, however, that the current use of chemical pesticides has harmful effects on ecosystems and biological... read more >>


How can the financial sector protect their portfolios against climate change?

The physical impacts of climate change, such as flooding and extreme weather events, can have significant financial impact. Yet most companies are not accounting for physical climate risk, as The Economist pointed out recently. A new report provides... read more >>