JRC News

  1. 20 Jul 2015

    The severe forest fires that took hold in Greece on 17 July have been brought mostly under control following the EU’s immediate response to Greece’s activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on Friday afternoon.

  2. 16 Jul 2015

    The results of a recently carried out proficiency test (PT) on the analysis of trace elements in natural seawater demonstrated the challenges for laboratories because of low levels of trace elements and high salt concentration in the seawater. The use of proper standard analytical methods, such as ISO 17294-2, and sensitive techniques, notably coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was crucial to obtaining a good performance.

  3. 13 Jul 2015

    The JRC has launched a a survey designed to capture the state of play with regard to data management practices on the local, national and continental scales, as a follow-up to the 2014 ‘Citizen Science and Smart City Summit’.

  4. 6 Jul 2015

    On 6 July, the JRC, together with the Directorate-General for the Environment presented some of the main findings from the development of an EMAS Sectoral Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice for the agriculture sector.

  5. 2 Jul 2015

    In a correspondence published today in Nature, IES scientist Giovanni Strona comments on the remarkable possibility of buying the rights to name a new species, one of the highest honors in zoology, through eBay.

    For a few thousand dollars, anyone can buy the privilege of naming a ‘small rare’ species. Looking at the previous closed auctions, it is likely that this would be a fish parasite.

  6. 26 Jun 2015

    JRC scientist G. Hanke is co-author of a chapter in a recently published open access book on ‘Marine Anthropogenic Litter’, which summarises the current state of knowledge on all aspects of marine anthropogenic litter.

  7. 26 Jun 2015

    The 3rd annual Plenary Meeting of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from the 22 to 24 June 2015 in Rome, Italy, endorsed a concept note on developing Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Management of Soil Resources (VGSMS).

  8. 24 Jun 2015

    The JRC hosted a very successful awareness-raising event with an EU exhibit on soil at this year’s 4-day Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, which was attended by a record-breaking number of visitors. The exhibit showcased soil-related issues in Scotland and Europe in an informative and engaging manner, and made a real contribution to the International Year of Soils.  Feedback from the Commissioner Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, was extremely positive.

     

  9. 22 Jun 2015

    Crop yield forecasts for most winter cereals at EU-28 level have been lowered compared to last month’s forecast due suboptimal weather conditions.

  10. 17 Jun 2015

    A case study published by the JRC, in collaboration with CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), found significant differences in the values of forest change estimates in Tanzania reported by American researchers, the JRC and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization.