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The sea is naturally self-cleaning because most pollution is eaten by microorganisms living in the water. But that process takes time. Too much time, because as the tourist season is beginning in the Mediterranean, the coastlines can be damaged at any time by shipping accidents resulting in oil spills which are difficult to remove from the surface of the water.
Published: 1 October 2014
A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.
Published: 11 September 2014
An elixir of eternal youth may be the stuff of legend and beyond the reach of humans, but it is not such a fantasy in the world of art restoration, thanks to pioneering work being carried out in a project in the Italian city of Florence.
Published: 2 September 2014
Objects showcased in museums or exhibitions are vulnerable to the effects of pollutants both from outside the building where they are housed as well as from potential substances found inside. Better measuring tools could enable curators and conservators of cultural artefacts to take the necessary steps to ensure their protection.
Published: 4 August 2014
Published: 28 July 2014
Rising air pollution has been a concern for governments, business and environment campaigners for some time. Until very recently, little attention was given to the accelerator effects of climate change on nitrogen and ozone air pollution, and their consequences for Europe's ecosystems.
Published: 3 July 2014
Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of heart disease in which the organ's muscle becomes weaker. It can lead to heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia (a type of irregular heart beat) or even sudden death. The EU-funded INHERITANCE project has provided a better understanding of the genetic causes of DCM, while developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.
Published: 2 July 2014
Changes in climate patterns, ocean circulation, as well as temperature and light-all related to climate change-are having a growing impact on marine ecosystems. Understanding how these factors, together with anthropogenic drivers (such as fishing and pollution), affect the environmental status of marine ecosystems is vital if we are to ensure that they are effectively managed.
Published: 30 June 2014
In recent decades the developed world has benefitted from a significant increase in the amount and variety of readily available food. But this abundance of food, often high in fat and sugar, may be also contributing to an increase in obesity.
Published: 27 June 2014
Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications during pregnancy, including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth-weight, as well as severe risks to the mother's health.
Published: 24 June 2014