Measuring and protecting Andalusian coastal carbon sinksWhen forests disappear it is easy to notice. Much less visible, and happening 4 times faster, is the loss of marine meadows which keep significant reserves of carbon out of the atmosphere. Saltmarshes, which were traditionally disregarded, are now recognised as provide important ecosystem services. LIFE Blue Natura is focusing on measuring and protecting these vital carbon sinks.
Recycling construction foamsThe REPOLYUSE project is pioneering solutions to recycle plastic waste from the refrigeration or construction industry, car seats and manufacturing waste from the automotive industry and lock it back into new construction materials. Its main target are polyurethane foams, commonly used for insulation.
What is your wish for LIFE?As we head into a new year, we asked key policymakers involved in LIFE programme support and development what are their wishes for the programme. Here is what they answered.
LIFE news from 2018 – readers' favouritesCalls for funding, info days and big ticket events were top of readers’ favourite news items for 2018. But some project news also attracted special attention.
Working together for better waste management in FinlandFrom Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland, to the south-western tip of Turku, Finnish towns and cities are pushing forward with a national waste management plan. The 7-year LIFE Integrated Project, CIRCWASTE is helping put this plan into action.
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.