The formal participation agreement for the European Pavilion in the World Expo 2015 was signed today in Milan in the presence of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The EU exhibition will illustrate the EU's key role in global food security in line with the EXPO theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life".
At the occasion of the World Soil Day international symposium in Paris, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the French Soil Study Association (AFES), the JRC launched the French version of its European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. The Atlas presents a map for soil biodiversity covering most EU Member States, in order to guide decision-makers in protecting this crucial resource.
Today the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) became operational and will address the challenges of cross border crime, irregular migration and the loss of migrants' lives at sea. With its expertise in maritime surveillance technologies, the JRC provided technical support for the setting-up of EUROSUR and will help its further development of maritime services.
Between 3.5 and 4.5 million square kilometres of land surface are burnt every year. More than half of this burnt surface is in Africa, which has more than 6000 protected areas across 50 countries. The Joint Research Centre today launched a web tool to monitor the fire activity in protected areas worldwide.
A high-level JRC roundtable on efficient buildings was organised today as a follow-up to the 26 March event for scientific support to growth and jobs in the areas of efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment. Today the participants deepened the dialogue on efficient buildings, discussing initiatives, financial aspects and the link between technology, policy and behaviour.
More scientists, techniques and collaborations are needed to characterise nuclear materials, and so deterring illicit trafficking and terrorism, according to a JRC article published in today's Nature edition.
Ten to 15 times per year officials detect unlawful nuclear materials by measuring radiation directly or acting on tip-offs from police or intelligence work. Uranium and plutonium are most worrying because they do not only pose a radiological hazard, but may also point to nuclear terrorism or proliferation.