JRC researchers have recently published a book entitled “Science, Philosophy and Sustainability: The End of the Cartesian dream”.
The results of an inter-laboratory comparison study on a method for assessing the cytotoxicity of nanomaterials have been published. This is an important step towards a harmonised method for toxicity screening of nanomaterials.
Measuring the size of nanoparticles is an enduring challenge for producers and regulatory agencies alike. In fact, up to now, different techniques are used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a millimetre and they sometimes give different results.
In a recently published article, the JRC presents its 1-km-resolution map of semi-natural vegetation in agricultural land in the EU-27, and assesses and classifies the relation between semi-natural vegetation and ecosystem services in EU regions.
A recently published article by IES scientists finds that making alternative uses of arable land could potentially help capture significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.
New criteria to grant Ecolabel distinctions have been recently adopted for five products categories: Heating systems, bed mattresses, paints and varnishes, textile and absorbent hygiene products.
All these product categories belong to the priority group of products consumed in Europe according to its potential to reduce environmental impacts as identified by the European Union Ecolabel Board (EUEB). The discussion process of this group had been informed by European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) study on the Environmental Impact of Products (EIPRO, Tukker et al., 2006).
European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will travel to Romania Oct. 3 and 4. She will participate in the first of a series of events in EU Member States to launch Horizon 2020, the EU's next research and innovation programme. While in Bucharest, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn will meet Prime Minister Victor Ponta, open an exhibition showcasing Romanian research, and present Horizon 2020 to a conference of research and innovation stakeholders ahead of the launch of the first calls for proposals in December.
The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation on the role of family farming with a view to identifying key challenges and priorities for the future. Contributions will feed the preparations of the European conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" scheduled for 29 November 2013, in the context of the declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations.
The JRC hosted today a round table on the potential applications of quantum science and the development of new technologies in the areas of computation, simulation, communication, metrology and sensing. It also focused on the challenges that these new technologies may bring to the European policy making landscape.