• EU Research - Cultural Heritage
Europe’s cultural heritage is invaluable for its citizens and is irreplaceable. It provides an opportunity to gain understanding of the past and promotes a sense of social and common identity. Overtime, however, the fragility of European cultural heritage has increased and its vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change, pollution, natural and man-made disasters, neglect, vandalism and tourism become more evident.
Changing landscapes, deforestation and coastal erosion due to increasing urbanisation also take their toll. To avoid irreversible damage and loss, appropriate action is needed at every level.
• EU Research- Earth Observation
The Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landscapes are changing rapidly, with human activities being a major driver.
Monitoring and modelling these changes are critical because they allow governments, society and the private sector to
make informed decisions about climate, energy, food security, natural hazards, health and other societal challenges.
• EU Research - Water
Today, economic development, growing populations and increasing degradation of the environment all make sustainable exploitation of resources a priority, and no resource is more fundamental to our well-being than water.
• EU Research - Climate Change (updated 2014)
Research in the environmental sciences is necessary for a better understanding of the underlying principles of climate change and its effects. But simply understanding how and why climate change is occurring is not enough. We also need to know its impacts and how to respond.
• EU Research – Biodiversity (updated 2014)
Humanity has rarely faced a challenge as significant as ensuring the survival of our species through the sustainable use of the living world of which we are a part. This brochure presents a snapshot of EU research being carried out to help preserve biodiversity.
• EU Research - Environment and health
The best scientific evidence now indicates that chemicals in our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools and work places can be important causative factors in many human diseases and health conditions. The European Union is concerned about this problem and supports research aimed at better understanding the risks. This brochure presents a snapshot of EU research being carried out to address this.
• EU Research – International cooperation
A large number of the challenges facing us today, whether socio-economic, environmental or scientific, are common to many countries. Globalisation, and the rapid development into world markets of emerging economies like Brazil, China and India further amplifies these challenges. This brochure presents a snapshot of EU research being carried out to address these challenges.
• EU Research - Marine environment
As the last frontier on planet Earth, our seas and oceans are still relatively unexplored, but they have long been exploited extensively for mineral and biological resources, and more recently for oil and gas. This brochure provides a snapshot of EU research being carried out to better manage and protect our European waters.
• EU Research - Natural hazards and disasters
There has never been a time when natural hazards did not regularly and profoundly affect life on earth. This brochure provides a snapshot of EU research being carried out to predict and ensure that society our better prepared for natural disasters.
• EU Research - Social innovation for sustainability
Moving towards a greener economy while keeping the quality of development sustainable is a major challenge. This brochure provides a snapshot of EU research being carried out to ensure that good research explores all the available options.
• EU Research - Soil and sustainable land use management
Competition for land in Europe is increasing, due to a growing population and increasing demands. This brochure provides a snapshot of EU research being carried out to accommodate these demands.
• EU Research - Waste as a resource (updated 2014)
As today’s consumer society has expanded, so has the consumption of resources and the waste it produces. This brochure provides a snapshot of EU research being carried out to turn waste into a resource.