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.
Update: a speech by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Moussa Faki was made available.
The second phase of SWITCH-Asia was launched in 2018, and in June 2019, the programme was extended to the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Central Asian countries have participated in the grants programme in 2019 and 7 projects were selected, to be implemented from 2020.
The URBIS Smart City Fair in Brno (Czechia) will in 2020 be the scene for the General Assembly of the Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, a Smart City Matchmaking event and meetings for the different Action Clusters in the EIP-SCC.
The URBIS Smart City Fair is a culmination of the exceptional innovative potential that exists in Brno. This is therefore an opportunity to present your technologies, visions and solutions, as well as promote the positive impact these will have on people’s lives and those who will make the decisions concerning their implementation.
The figure shows the cumulative ice mass change from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet derived as annual averages from recent studies, weighted according to the primary satellite data source following the approach of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (The IMBIE team, 2018, doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0179-y; The IMBIE team, in press). The uncertainty interval is estimated from the standard deviation of the individual studies.
The LIFE ALCHEMIA project, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of environmentally sustainable systems based on bed filters to removal/reduce the natural radioactivity in water, and minimize the generation of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in the purification stages.
Water Market Europe 2020 is made for you to address challenges and needs for innovation by matchmaking the demand and the offer of efficient digital and cybersecurity solutions for the water sector.