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Although home to 18% of the global population-around 1.15 billion people-India only has around 4% of the world's fresh water resources. With climate change and urbanisation increasing the pressure on a scarce resource, an EU-funded project's improvement of natural water treatment systems couldn't come at a better time.
Published: 29 September 2014
Increasing pressures on Europe's marine and coastal areas, particularly around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, highlight the need for these areas to become more resilient to human activities and natural change. There is a large scientific research effort already underway to identify some of the environmental baselines, but the challenge now lies in turning that knowledge into effective decision-making.
Published: 24 July 2014
The variety of life contained in our oceans plays a vital role in preserving the planets equilibrium and in contributing to human quality of life. Healthy marine ecosystems provide a range of precious services.
Published: 10 July 2014
Published: 3 July 2014
AGROCOS is a pioneering European project which is using modern scientific techniques to explore the ancient and still largely untapped - richness of nature to develop new products for the agrochemical and cosmetics industries.
Published: 27 June 2014
As society strives to produce more effective medicines, cosmetics and other industrial materials, while at the same time minimising the effect on the environment and the depletion of the earth's resources, one major source of renewable natural materials has remained tantalisingly beyond our reach: the deepest, most inaccessible and hostile parts of the ocean. MAMBA is a pioneering European Union (EU)-funded research project, which is changing that.
Published: 16 June 2014
If Europe's chemical industry a sector with enormous growth potential can achieve greater water efficiency, then the benefits will not just be environmental. Making better use of natural resources will help improve the sector's competitiveness and ensure compliance with ever more stringent rules to protect the environment.
Published: 13 June 2014
Published: 15 May 2014
It is a quiet, modest process which rarely grabs the headlines, but the pollination of plants, trees and crops is a function which is vital both for human wellbeing and for the environment. While some pollination occurs as a result of the wind, the vast majority - especially that which matters most to humans - is carried out by insects.
Published: 20 February 2014
In the UK, Plant Health Officials are approving a newly developed portable DNA testing device for disease diagnosis. They are checking for ash dieback, the spore-borne disease caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea which, according to the UK Forestry Commission, has infected more than 330 sites in the UK and resulted in the destruction of tens of thousands of young trees. A sample of infected bark is taken from an ash tree and prepared in a manner which can amplify and detect DNA from the organism. The result is available within minutes - rather than the days it would have taken if the sample had been sent for laboratory analysis. Since speed is of critical importance in diagnosing such disease outbreaks, this is a major step forward.
Published: 30 July 2013