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Oceans are a vital resource for energy, food, transport, recreation and more. And with mounting evidence of serious pollution, marine litter, overfishing... the world is finally waking up to the importance of Marine Protected Areas to preserve the complex and delicate balance between ecosystems and the services they provide. A massive international consortium, funded by the EU, took up that challenge, focusing on the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Published: 4 February 2019
An EU-backed research team is developing a new interoperable and cost-effective platform to integrate and package marine and coastal data from sensors, together with oceanographic models and mobile applications for improved observation and forecasting across the Mediterranean Basin.
Published: 17 July 2018
An international group of EU-funded researchers has investigated the safety and efficacy of using the drug deferiprone to treat children with the blood disorder beta-thalassaemia major. The news is good.
Published: 1 June 2018
Could holistic flood risk assessment have mitigated the 'Great Flood' that hit Thailand in 2011? The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) - in Thailand - is on the case. The project team hopes to reduce the likelihood of coastal areas around the world experiencing the catastrophic flooding that wiped out 20 000km2 of farmland.
Published: 25 May 2018
Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world's oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.
Published: 11 April 2018
ETRERA_2020 addresses future energy needs by creating a renewable energy research alliance to foster the uptake of renewable energy technologies and improve cooperation between research and industry in the Mediterranean.
Published: 5 July 2017
An EU-funded project is forging partnerships and networks on water-treatment technologies across the Mediterranean in a bid to protect the region from - and prepare it for - the very real threat of water scarcity.
Published: 4 May 2017
The Mediterranean and neighbouring countries are a climate change hotspot, the climate research community believes. Projections suggest water availability is highly likely to fall, while demand will rise. The EU-funded CLIWASEC project cluster studied climate change impacts on water and security, and helped prepare Europe and its neighbours for the challenges ahead with guidance on water efficiency and stakeholder involvement.
Published: 26 January 2016
To ensure food and energy security for today's growing populations, governments increasingly turn to earth observation. Remotely-sensed data can provide valuable information on crops, livestock, woodlands and fires. Innovative, EU-funded research partnerships helped reinforce African capacities in this area.
Published: 23 November 2015
Scientists have long suspected that the acidification of our seas may harm their flora and fauna. But the likely impact in the Mediterranean was a mystery - until now. The knowledge on acidification gained by EU-funded researchers is of great concern - the team is now calling for urgent action to protect the Mediterranean Sea's precious biodiversity and its many other benefits.
Published: 17 November 2015