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Earth monitoring - observing land, security and climate change from space - can help countries protect resources and improve lives. But the technology is no use without human capacity. So that capacity-building in Africa targets the continent's priorities, an EU-funded project brought together African and European specialists to build networks and make key investment decisions.
Published: 4 September 2015
The mix of urbanisation and rising technology use has increased the stream of e-waste in Africa, for which recycling capacity is limited. Waste management infrastructures are few and far between, public awareness of health issues is limited and environmental precautions rare. A team of European and African researchers is working on a solution.
Published: 2 September 2015
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
In a part of southern Kenya where malnutrition is rife, Stanley is an active three year old boy. Along with hundreds of other Kenyan youngsters, he is part of a research project aimed at fighting child malnutrition in Africa. The findings so far have surprised researchers.
Published: 6 May 2014
Published: 19 March 2014
The EU-funded HERMIONE project ('Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas') has contributed much needed data on the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems. This in turn has created a community of scientists who continue to work together to better understand the remarkable world of the deep sea and its vast diversity of habitat and life.
Published: 14 November 2013
In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One of the consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development. Scientists are convinced that the right doses of micronutrients added to certain basic foods can fight malnutrition.
Published: 25 June 2013
Knowledge is power only if you know how to use it, which is why the Knossos project is building a bridge between available scientific evidence and policy-making in the environment field. By making pertinent research and information easily available to those at decision and policy-making levels, KNOSSOS is facilitating more effective environmental policies through increased access to knowledge.
Published: 5 February 2013
Today, some 1 billion people are undernourished and 0.9 billion lack access to safe water. In addition, population growth coupled with global economic expansion is placing huge pressures on natural resources. Experts predict that by 2030, the demand for food will grow by 50% compared to current levels. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses.
Published: 6 July 2012