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Project stories about Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

15/06/2015
Most of our actions can have an impact on the environment, be it minor, long-lasting or simply irreversible. But how can this effect be measured, avoided, predicted? What are the specificities of long-term risks and how can collective decisions be taken effectively to tackle those threats? Read more
11/06/2015
In industrial societies, consumption has traditionally been an end in itself. Growth is achieved by selling more products, but often also results in unnecessary waste, resource depletion, pollution and other environmental damage. It doesn’t have to be this way. Research by an EU-funded project indicates that a switch to a more service-oriented approach could be better for the environment and society as a whole, while boosting growth and competitiveness. Read more
10/06/2015
EOPOWER, an EU-funded project that seeks to bring Earth Observation (EO) products into wider use among environmental decision-makers, is raising awareness of EO’s uses while building capacity. Strengthening the role of EO in environmental policy will contribute to sustainable economic development globally. Partners have published an online catalogue and pledged to keep up the awareness-raising after the project ends. Read more
04/06/2015
Where water is scarce, it makes sense to make the most of what you receive for free. An EU-funded project is studying the different ways Africa’s farmers can increase the volume of rain and river water collected, to improve crop yields and bridge dry spells. Read more
20/05/2015
New technology slashes both water consumption and costs using environmentally responsible techniques. Read more
18/05/2015
Freely accessible online tools to enable sustainable and efficient water resource management are being developed by the EU-funded SWITCH-ON project. The initiative is currently building a web portal to host innovations such as a virtual water-science laboratory, product marketing point and meeting place. Read more
06/05/2015
Effective, evidence-based policy-making requires contributions from various sources. So-called ‘knowledge brokering instruments’ can boost the sharing of the necessary information and knowledge between stakeholders, policy and science. Choosing water policy as the focal point, the EU-funded project PSI-CONNECT put knowledge brokering activities to the test. Read more
06/05/2015
Sewage may not look like a particularly precious resource, but it is home to phosphorus and other products, such as metals and biogas. EU-funded researchers are developing and demonstrating more efficient ways to extract these, turning waste into a valuable and renewable resource, creating new opportunities for companies and reducing its impact on the environment. Read more
24/04/2015
A lack of clear data on how ecosystems deal with carbon dioxide has hindered understanding of how they are affected by land management and climate change. For a clear picture, scientists need accurate information on which ecosystems release or retain carbon and greenhouse gases (GHGs) and how much. Through detailed measurements and data analyses, EU researchers have the first answers to these pressing questions. Read more
22/04/2015
Africa’s dry climate and strong rural dependence on farming make drought a particular threat across the continent. Early warning and targeted action can limit the harm done – EU-funded research is connecting policy-makers to information that helps them identify risks and prevent problems. Read more

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