JRC News

  1. 31 Jul 2015

    A JRC report short-lists seven aquatic pollutants to complete a first Watch List which will provide high-quality information on the concentrations of emerging or little-known pollutants across the EU.

  2. 29 Jul 2015

    Over two decades, agricultural expansion and neglect have reduced natural vegetation cover in the Brazilian eco-regions Cerrado and Caatinga to 47% and 63% of the original area respectively, according to a study led by the JRC.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

     

  6. 18 May 2015

    A recent peer-reviewed paper, led by the JRC, describes a new method for measuring the structure and configuration of ecological networks, which shows that nestedness in ecological networks is less common than previously thought.

    This finding challenges the assumption that ecological networks are stable due to their inherent nestedness. It finds that most ecological networks actually tend towards patterns of segregation and specialisation, which may be the key to species coexistence.

  7. 4 May 2015

    JRC scientist Bruna Grizzetti is co-author of a recently published World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Science Brief on how human activities have dramatically altered the nitrogen cycle, which presents one of the main global challenges to human health, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity.

     

    Human activities have altered the global nitrogen cycle even more than the global carbon cycle. The science brief reports that the planetary boundary for nitrogen has been breached by a factor of two, making nitrogen one of the most urgent pressures on the Earth system.

     

  8. 22 Apr 2015

    The Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April since 1970, is marked around the globe with initiatives and events on environmental protection. This week the JRC presents its work on soil, which is critical to life on Earth.

  9. 9 Apr 2015

    DOPA Explorer 1.0 is the JRC's latest web-based interface which provides a simple way to explore nearly 16 000 of the world's protected areas.

  10. 13 Mar 2015

    A recently published JRC report describes a methodological framework for the biophysical assessment and economic valuation of water ecosystem services in Europe.

    The methodology aims to help understand how multiple pressures can affect the delivery and value of such services. It is flexible, can be applied at different scales/locations and is easy to follow, presenting the basic concepts and assumptions to be established before the analysis, and a ‘shopping bag’ of appropriate tools to assess and value ecosystem services.