June 2019: The EU is entering a period of institutional change with a new Parliament and a new European Commission. These institutions will need to develop an agenda that puts Europe on track to end its contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest while delivering economic and social benefits. This briefing sets out what business sees as five priorities for Europe’s new leaders, identifying the key areas where EU policymakers and businesses must work together to deliver a competitive, prosperous, climate neutral future.
Analysis by EU-funded researchers studying the cycle of nutrients in farms across Europe will help reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency and make the agricultural sector more sustainable and innovative.
The EMODnet Geology team recently released a series of products related to topics including Seafloor geology, Marine minerals, Seabed substrates, Submerged landscape features, and Geological Events and Probabilities.
A recent JRC article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe’s 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes.
An EU-funded project is working on improving the understanding of the complex interplay between water, land, energy, food and climate and developing a serious game to support policymakers in developing more sustainable resource-management strategies.
Updated: The deadline has been extended until 16 June 2019.
Concerns the following groups: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation (E03664), Mission Board for cancer (E03665), Mission Board for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters (E03666), Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities (E03667), Mission Board for soil health and food (E03668)
To mark World Environment Day, the JRC and European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) launched yesterday a Position Paper on the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
JRC develops a new method to improve the early detection of floods up to 6 weeks ahead.
To improve and extend the forecasting skills in the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), the new method develops flood thresholds which are range-dependent and thus adaptive to the weather forecasts.
One year on from the adoption of the EU Regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), experts convened by the European Commission have completed an assessment of Member States’ national forestry accounting plans to evaluate their compliance with the main principles and requirements set out in the Regulation.
The workshop takes place in follow up to the initiative launched in 2016 to develop a guidance document on sustainable nitrogen management, taking into account pollution into air, water and soil in an integrated way. The chapters developed for the guidance document will be shared in view of the workshop for feedback and constructive discussions before finalising the best practice guidance.
In order to manage its environmental footprint, Switzerland should act on a number of key issues identified by the ‘planetary boundaries’ framework, says a Swiss study, with priority given to the areas of climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss and nitrogen loss. This quantitative framework identifies nine bio-physical limits of the Earth system that, if exceeded, may lead to societal and ecological changes unfavourable to human development and stability. These are upper thresholds rather than targets. The researchers suggest that the concept and their methodology could be used together to think differently about environmental issues, and change the way related assessments and policies are implemented at both global and national levels.
Agri-environmental measures (AEM) are designed to encourage farmers to protect and enhance the environment on their farmland by paying them for the provision of environmental services. This study suggests that AEM would be more effective if payments were targeted to areas under the greatest environmental pressures, such as intensive agricultural regions — to gain maximum environmental benefits.