JRC News

  1. 23 May 2016

    The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published today, reports that the current prospects for EU-28 yields are generally above the five-year average, despite a cold spell at the end of April.

    The forecast for total cereals has increased compared to the last Bulletin, reflecting the generally fair growth conditions. There were some delays to the sowing of summer crop due to cold and wet periods, except south-eastern Europe.

  2. 19 May 2016

    A survey by the EU’s Joint Research Centre gives insights into citizen science projects and how they manage data. It recommends steps to boost their input to institutional research and policy-making.

     

  3. 17 May 2016

    In a recently published technical report that assesses coastal and marine eutrophication based on data from ecosystem modelling, JRC scientists find increasing eutrophication problems that will require further nutrient reduction measures.

     

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) aims to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU's marine waters by 2020, and to protect marine resources (upon which many economic and social activities depend).

  4. 4 May 2016

    The new website, which was built using cutting-edge technology, allows for a more efficient flow of data and information.

  5. 29 Apr 2016

    A recently published JRC paper examines the conceptual, biophysical and economic interpretations of the role of nursery habitats in the ecosystem services literature. It concludes that the nursery function should be considered as an ecosystem service in its own right when linked to concrete human benefits, not when it represents general biodiversity or ecosystem condition. This distinction is the only way for science to quantify the link between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and for policy to be effective in halting biodiversity loss.

  6. 27 Apr 2016

    North Korea’s total food production – including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent – is estimated to have fallen in 2015, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to an update issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

  7. 26 Apr 2016

    The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin (published today) reports a positive yield outlook, although there are concerns in Poland and Ukraine after an unfavourable winter.

    In most regions, weather conditions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowing activities. In general, the current prospects for EU-28 yields are above the five-year average, and the forecast for total cereals has increased compared to our last Bulletin, reflecting the generally good growth conditions.

  8. 22 Apr 2016

    A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, according to a JRC study.

    Species that made their way through the Suez Canal show highest concentration in the eastern parts of the basin, while those introduced by shipping are mostly present in many central and north-western sites. Two high-impact areas were evident around the Italian peninsula due to species introduced by aquaculture.

  9. 20 Apr 2016

    A JRC article published in August 2015 on consumer food waste in the EU has been selected as one of the 25 pioneering articles published in the recently published Environmental Research Letters (ERL) highlights of 2015.

    The 25 highlights were chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, scientific impact, advances made in the field, novelty and broad appeal, and as epitomising the very best in interdisciplinary work at the nexus of research and policy groups.

  10. 18 Apr 2016

    Researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have joined forces with different European modelling groups to produce a new and more consistent set of multiple climate-hazard modelling data. The key findings of the study, recently published in Climatic Change and presented today at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, show that in the coming decades Europe will be much more frequently exposed to extreme weather events as a result of climate change.