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Teams of social scientists and engineers are studying different areas of Latin America in an EU-funded project to discover how political processes, community engagement and appropriate technologies combine to deliver clean water and sanitation. The aim is to use the research to help deliver clean water and sanitation to local communities currently without adequate access.
Published: 19 November 2014
Tropical forests are the natural champions of climate change mitigation. Even though they cover only 7-10% of the Earths total land surface they hold one of the worlds biggest terrestrial carbon stores and are home to over half of the planets species.
Published: 4 June 2014
The Kyoto Protocol was one of the first major international treaties that focused on human caused climate change. Signed in 1997 by 192 countries, it came into effect in 2005 with a set of legal requirements for industrialised nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. One aspect of the Protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which enables developed nations to reach their emissions targets by sponsoring emissions-reducing projects in the CDM countries - namely China, India, Brazil and most of Africa.
Published: 12 May 2014
Published: 31 October 2013
Cities around the world are facing a myriad of pressures, including rapid urbanisation and urban sprawl. As a result, authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to manage scarce water resources, deliver water and sanitation services, and dispose of wastewater. At the same time, authorities must do their utmost to minimise the negative impact of such developments on the environment and urban populations.
Published: 27 May 2013
If the world is to live within its environmental limits, the need to make the most sustainable use of its raw materials will become ever more vital. Increasingly, this will require us to focus on making maximum use of all the components of those raw materials, right down to the waste products. In today's world, everything has to be used.
Published: 15 May 2013
Health-care products, cosmetics and infant formulas are just a few everyday products that use molecules derived from marine organisms. A ground-breaking EU project has discovered several new sources of these compounds and developed a new method of sustainably manufacturing them. The benefits for Europe, from major pharmaceuticals to regional development, could be immense.
Published: 26 March 2013
The construction industry is highly energy intensive and leaves a significant environmental footprint both in terms of carbon emissions and raw material demand. An EU-funded research project was recently launched to address this issue, by investigating the possibility of using waste materials in concrete production. This, researchers believe, could lead to a greener and more sustainable building sector.
Published: 11 December 2012
With the global population set on a rapidly rising path towards 9 billion, the challenge facing the world's food supply is clear to see.
Published: 28 August 2012
Few would dispute that the emergence of chilled and frozen food technologies in the last century was a major advance for modern society, transforming all our lives and bringing convenience and choice. In Europe today, consumption of chilled and frozen foods is rising by more than 10% a year.
Published: 19 June 2012