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The world's cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue.
Published: 23 November 2017
Basking in more than 3300 hours of sunlight per year, Cyprus has the highest solar power potential in the European Union but currently imports most if its energy. An EU-funded project is helping the Mediterranean country better harness the power of the sun to meet its growing electricity needs and spur research and innovation linked to this renewable - and clean - resource.
Published: 21 November 2017
We all have a view on how we want society to be. And we all live in a world that is a result of policies adopted. An EU-funded project is making it possible for European citizens to put the future they want on the research agenda.
Published: 20 November 2017
EU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure - such as electricity and telecommunication - when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre.
Published: 26 September 2017
Amateur inventors, health hackers and DIY technology enthusiasts are at the forefront of an EU-funded initiative to help make cutting-edge science accessible, engaging and interactive for the public, blurring the lines between citizen and scientist to spur dialogue, collaboration and innovation.
Published: 8 September 2017
Children are susceptible to online crime and abuse. The key to protecting these inexperienced internet users is to build more robust, easy-to-manage security and privacy features into browsers. EU-funded researchers are on the case.
Published: 28 August 2017
Child obesity is not a challenge families can tackle on their own, say EU-funded researchers. Following a five-year study involving thousands of children, they conclude that governments must do more to help.
Published: 27 July 2017
With a shortage of data about human trafficking, it can be challenging to combat it and protect the victims. These victims are exploited for many purposes, including forced sex work, criminality and labour. The EU-funded TRACE project assessed and consolidated information to provide policy makers, governments and law enforcement agencies with advice on effectively preventing and combating human trafficking in Europe.
Published: 30 June 2017
Nuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problems once and for all, but we're not quite there yet. However, we are already reaping benefits from the research. Technology development for ITER, for example, generates new know-how with possible applications in industry. It has inspired world-leading innovation for a type of analytical instrumentation.
Published: 31 March 2017
Limited understanding of the role of aerosols in our climate system means a lack of policies addressing them. The EU-funded BACCHUS project aims to expand understanding of how clouds are affected, providing the knowledge for improved climate models and projections, and - eventually - more effective policies for sustainability and climate change mitigation.
Published: 23 March 2017