JRC News

  1. 22 Jun 2016

    A major oceanographic campaign underway in the Black Sea will allow scientists to thoroughly examine the biological and optical features of a marine region of utmost political and economic importance that is highly influenced by the inflow of the Danube river.

  2. 31 May 2016

    The steady increase in both international trade and connectivity has favoured the long-distance introduction of alien species, some of which have a tendency to become invasive. This problem has severely affected Europe, where more than14 000 alien species have been recorded, 10-15% of which are invasive alien species (IAS), i.e. having a negative impact on biodiversity, the economy or health.

  3. 23 May 2016

    The EU’s commitments to address the greatest humanitarian crises of our time will be supported by a series of Commission tools and platforms, some of which were developed by the JRC or in cooperation with partner organisations.

  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

    The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.

  7. 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.

  8. 4 Mar 2016

    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its first deliverable, the Summary for policymakers of its Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, at its fourth session (IPBES-4) held from 22 to 28 February 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  9. 4 Feb 2016

    Science plays an important role in informing European policies to meet the sustainability challenge and is also becoming increasingly relevant for better regulation, implementation and monitoring of EU policies.

  10. 12 Jan 2016

    A recently published JRC article maps the potential threats to three categories of soil biodiversity(namely soil microorganisms, fauna and biological functions) in the EU, and gives guidelines for identifying soils that are potentially at risk.