JRC News

  1. 10 Jan 2008

    In the context of its support to the Water Framework Directive and related legislation, the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has organised an EU-wide perspective on the occurrence of polar emerging pollutants, such as pesticides (and their degradation products), pharmaceuticals, hormones, antibiotics, and industrial chemicals (alkylphenolics, and perfluorinated compounds) in European rivers. The screening exercise was carried out in autumn 2007 and involved not less than 71 laboratories from whole Europe.

  2. 16 Feb 2009

    The JRC is intensifying and globalising its research activities relating to desertification, drought and 'dryland' science. In 2008, a new research team was set up at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), with a view to developing benchmarks and indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification processes on a range of geographic scales. The research team is already engaged in several regional and global networks, providing key support to policy makers at a European level and beyond, and its activities are beginning to bear fruit.

  3. 23 Sep 2011

    For the first time, the JRC exhibited at Ireland's largest agricultural fair, the National Ploughing Championships, held from 20 to 22 September in Dublin. With over 1,000 exhibitors and an attendance of estimated 200,000 participants, this event covered a spectrum of agri-related activities from forestry and renewable energy to animal husbandry and food/feed safety.

  4. 10 Nov 2011

    A new JRC report revealed that five metals, essential for manufacturing low-carbon technologies, show a high risk of shortage. Reasons for this lie in Europe's dependency on imports, increasing global demand, supply concentration and geopolitical issues.

  5. 13 Mar 2012

    The JRC and EuropeAid (the European Commission's Directorate General for Development and Cooperation) have published a toolkit to improve water resources management in developing countries. It is available both as a report and an interactive online tool and has been launched in Marseille on March 13 in the context of the 6th World Water Forum.

  6. 14 Mar 2012

    A new assessment of available water resources reveals that large areas in Spain and Eastern Europe have on average less than 200 mm freshwater available every year while the demand for water is three to ten times higher. The findings are part of the JRC report 'Current Water Resources in Europe and Africa', published in the occasion of the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille, from 12 to 17 March 2012.

  7. 26 Apr 2013

    A 'hot off the press' copy of the Soil Atlas of Africa, coordinated by the JRC, was presented today by European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard at the meeting between the European Commission and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. For the first time ever, this atlas collects vital information on African soils and highlights the importance of this non-renewable resource.  With its stunning full colour maps and illustrations, it explains in a comprehensible and visually appealing way the diversity of soil across the African continent and explains why it is so important to preserve this precious resource.

  8. 10 May 2013

    A recently published article, co-authored by a JRC scientist, explores potential solutions to the increasing competition for scarce global freshwater resources by analysing the water footprint of consumption (WFcons) for different diets in the EU28 (EU27 and Croatia). The article, published in Ecological Indicators, finds that reducing meat consumption could help make significant water footprint (WF) savings.

  9. 13 Dec 2013

    A geo-economic analysis, identifying the least-cost rural electrification options for sub-Saharan Africa which could bring an end to the persistent energy poverty, was recently presented in an article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. JRC scientists carried out their research in collaboration with colleagues from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  10. 17 Dec 2013

    The JRC developed a modelling platform to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils and presented its outcome in the Global Change Biology journal. The platform could serve as a tool to carry out scenario analyses for developing and monitoring European climate change effects and agricultural policies.