Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of man-made chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and many others. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the world since the 1940s. Certain PFAS such as PFOA and PFOS, PFNA and PFHxS, don’t break down in the environment or in the human body, and can accumulate over time. Exposure to PFAS may lead to adverse health effects. People can be exposed to PFAS in different ways, for example through food. Food can become contaminated through contaminated soil and water used to grow the food, through the concentration of these substances in animals via feed and water, through food packaging containing PFAS, or equipment that contained PFAS during food processing.
Regulation (EU) 2018/841, adopted in May 2018, requires the Member States to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land use change and forestry are balanced by at least an equivalent accounted removal of CO2 from the atmosphere in the period from 2021 to 2030.
According to the February 2020 issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin – Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, the period under review (1 January to 10 February) was, again, warmer than usual throughout Europe.
PDAC: The World’s Premier Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention is the leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. In addition to meeting over 1,100 exhibitors, 2,500 investors and 25,800 attendees from 132 countries, you can also attend technical sessions, short courses and networking events.
This conference will present the project’s main results, its ‘Cocoon’ ecotechnology and experiences of using Cocoons in different countries. Other initiatives and projects on environmental restoration and forest management will also be discussed.
RM Summit 2020 will gather experts from Europe and the rest of the world to discuss Innovation and new Technologies covering the entire raw materials value chain. Most relevant topics in the raw materials sector will be addressed such as strategies concerning supply and access of raw materials, European industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity as well as entrepreneurship and innovation in education.