Following this year’s hot European summer, water scarcity has been at the top of the news agenda over the past few months. New methods to not only conserve but also reuse water (including wastewater) will need to be developed to avoid shortages that could be potentially devastating for Europe’s agricultural sector and natural environment.
With the rising frequency of water-related natural-hazard events such as floods and droughts, policymakers are increasingly focusing on risk management and adaptation strategies. These require not only a better understanding and use of forecasts of extreme hydrological events, but also the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process. The EU-funded IMPREX project has been just doing that, combining different forms of data with high-power climate models to predict and prepare for the impact of hydro-meteorological conditions.
The need to prevent plastic and all other litter from reaching our oceans and environment is clear and undisputable. For us, European companies big and small, it makes economic sense – agriculture, fisheries and tourism suffer from littering, and billions worth of resources are potentially wasted as they are thrown away rather than being reused or recycled. But is banning plastics a panacea? And should companies be solely responsible for curbing plastics littering?
IERC 2019 is the recycling industry’s most important event, bringing together over 500 international producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, standards bodies, refurbishers, NGOs, regulators and many more.
Our modern economy relies on the quality and availability of natural resources. Driven by population growth and economic development, future demand for natural resources is expected to further increase in coming decades. Natural resources such as metals, non-metallic minerals, and biomass will be an important part of society’s future material mix as countries increasingly transition towards resource efficient and greenhouse gas neutral economies.
In just one week, on September 10-14, 2018, the Emergency Management Service of the EU’s Earth observation program Copernicus was activated twice by the United States in relation to Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut over Guam.
European researchers joined forces with Atlantic African counterparts to explore the impacts of ocean changes on weather patterns, marine ecosystems and the wider socio-economic consequences for the region. Their findings uncover new thinking and calculations for wind, currents, and other factors in accurately modelling sea surface temperatures.