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The precious relics on show in our museums provide us with a unique connection to the past which might otherwise be lost. But these remains are fragile, and the danger is not always visible. Airborne pollutants are among the threats. They are invisible, destructive and rarely detected.
Published: 6 March 2014
A range of safety and environmental issues are associated with lithium-ion batteries, including the potential risk of sudden explosions when used in electric vehicles and the disposal of toxic materials. To address these issues, the European Union (EU)-funded SOMABAT project developed innovative strategies for producing lithium-polymer batteries that are cleaner, safer and better performing than conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Published: 26 February 2014
The very first hours after a disaster are crucial to limiting damage and containing the number of potential victims. Often, several hours can go by before the true nature of a crisis is understood. A lot can happen in this time.
Published: 20 February 2014
Right under our feet there is a source of clean and efficient energy. La Fabrica del Sol in Barcelona is living proof. An old Catalan building dating back to the beginning of the last century, it was recently converted to become a shining example of energy efficiency. The building uses vertical geothermal energy to heat it in winter and cool it in summer. But theres no need for volcanoes with the Mediterranean Sea right next door. Aniol Esquerra Alsius, an Industrial engineer at Ecoserveis explains the difference.
Published: 11 February 2014
What do microscopic molecules and huge computer grids have in common? They both build up giant scientific databases of ecosystems around the World. But it is a tricky process. This is the story of how researchers around the Black Sea are struggling to get the bigger picture out of tiny details. On the shores of the Danube River there is an unusual team. Romanian and Ukranian scientists are embarking on a common research trip.
Published: 3 February 2014
One third of Europe's land area - more than 2 million km2 - is covered by forests, which support the timber industry. However, growing fluctuations in temperature and rainfall due to climate change may have a severe economic impact on timber production.
Published: 29 January 2014
Europes vision for the development of electricity networks, which can significantly reduce the environmental impact and allow consumers to play a part in adjusting the system, has turned a vision into a reality. This is also thanks to the project ADDRESS, which stands for ('Active Distribution Network with Full Integration of Demand and Distributed Energy Resources').
Published: 22 January 2014
Whether we like it or not, chemicals are a major part of life. We accept them as a necessary element of modern existence. But what are the long-term effects of chemical exposure on human health? Is there a point at which we may be exposed to more substances than we can physically tolerate?
Published: 26 November 2013
Achieving the full economic potential of the oceans and seas in harmony with the marine environment is the primary goal of the European Union (EU)-funded project SEAS-ERA, which has brought together leading Marine Research and Technological Development funding organisations from across Europe. The project coordinates and integrates national and regional marine and maritime research programmes, and harmonises common priorities and needs related to the European sea basins.
Published: 6 November 2013
Aerosols have been long known to damage the atmosphere, but it can be hard to quantify the impact, especially in Eastern Europe where data is scarce. A European Union (EU)-funded research project addressed this information gap by measuring atmospheric particulate matter (the fine particles suspended in the air) in north-eastern Romania and studying their chemical composition.
Published: 28 October 2013