Monitoring air quality from street to countryMore and more environmental agencies and city planners across the EU are using air quality monitoring technology developed within LIFE ATMOSYS, 5 years after the project concluded.
Low emissions at high altitudesMountain huts by their nature are remote, off the grid and dependent on fuel deliveries. The LIFE SustainHuts project is showing that installing green technologies in extreme conditions can make even off-grid buildings more energy efficient.
Spanish farmers go organic at a profitOrganic agriculture is boosting crop revenues and restoring soils across some of the driest regions in Spain. As part of the LIFE-funded Crops for better soil project, some farmers boosted their profits from €50 a hectare to over €300 in just five years. To do so, they abandoned fertilisers, adopted soil-friendly farming techniques and shifted to higher-value organic produce.
LIFE supports international biodiversity efforts at COP14The EU is calling for an urgent global response to the existential threat posed by losses to wildlife and ecosystems. To gain from international efforts, several LIFE projects exhibited at the COP14 UN biodiversity conference in Egypt.
Saving energy on a tight budgetClimate change can feel overwhelming to us as individuals. For people on a low budget, taking steps to make everyday life more environmentally friendly is even tougher. ClimAct in Austria is taking steps to support and empower families to adapt.
Coexistence with wolves in a changing RomaniaHuman and wolf coexistence is a complex challenge with deep historical roots. In Romania changing farming communities, expanding national infrastructure and fragmented habitats mean that the human–wolf relationship needs ever-closer attention.
Finding cleaner alternatives to textile finishing productsThe textile industry continues to look to a LIFE-funded project for inspiration on cleaning up its environmental impact, after the project officially concluded in August this year. MIDWOR-LIFE carried out industrial-scale assessments in Spain, the Czech Republic and Italy on textile finishing products which enable fabrics to repel water or oil.
Saving the European lynx – building on hunters' legacyThe European lynx (Lynx lynx) was first reintroduced into the Former Yugoslavia in 1973 by foresters and hunters, after the Dinaric-SE Alpine population becoming extinct in the wild at the end of the 19th century. Now, due to inbreeding and dwindling numbers, the LIFE Lynx project is fighting to save the population by introducing new animals.
Catching public pressure on marine litterAn estimated € 630 million is spent each year cleaning beaches and coastal areas across the EU. Fishing gear accounts for around 27% of marine litter – totalling over 11 000 tonnes per year.
Making ceramics more climate-friendlyThe ceramics industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, producing an estimated 1.84 million tonnes of carbon dioxide globally each year. A prototype kiln tested by the LIFE ECONOMICK project has shown significant improvements in energy performance.